The city of Norcross is offering its residents the option to purchase discounted shade trees this fall to enhance the community's tree canopy.
Approximately a hundred new trees are up for grabs at a rate of $50, with the planting to begin in November. Normally priced at $250 each, the trees are 12 feet tall and 2 inches wide and include caliper oaks, maples and elm trees.
The initiative was made possible through the Norcross City Council, the Norcross Tree Preservation Board and the locally owned business ImageScapes Inc., which has volunteered to deliver and plant the trees for free.
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“The Council and volunteers on the Norcross Tree Board worked together to find a creative way to replace trees that have died over the years from old age, disease, drought, or construction damage,” explained city Councilmember Charlie Riehm in a press release.
The trees will be sold only to the first 100 applicants, with one tree per household. To sign up, check out the Norcross Tree Canopy page at the city of Norcross website.
The city also is not limiting residents to plant the trees on their properties; they have the option to choose other city locations if they wish.
“This is another example of why this is such an exciting community to be part of,” said Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson. “The citizens and the city really do partner on making positive things happen – it’s why we’re called ‘a place to imagine’!”
According to a press release, the city of Norcross for the last seven years has met the standards required to be designated as a “Tree City USA community,” a recognition sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. Last year, the city earned the Atlanta Regional Commission’s highest