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Planning and Economic Development

Contact: Gerard Santoro

Phone: 586-469-5285

Email: Gerard.Santoro@macombgov.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 13, 2020

Macomb County tree and plant sale returns for fourth year

Sale aims to increase the tree canopy in the region

Green Macomb and the Blue Water Conservation District have announced the return of their annual tree and plant sale, an opportunity for the public to purchase young trees, fruit trees, flowering shrubs, wildflower seed and other fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. The sale kicked off with a pre-order period that started February 1. It will run through Friday, April 3. Interested individuals can visit bluewatercd.org to browse available stock, place their orders and make payments.

"We've held the tree and plant sale for the last three years and we've always had a great response from the community," said Gerard Santoro, program director for Macomb County Parks and Natural Resources, which assists the Green Macomb program. "Last year we had a record 20,000 trees and plants sold during the presales – which helps us with our goal to double the amount of trees in Macomb.”

Items available for order include fruit, oak, maple, lilac, persimmons and dogwood bushes/trees as well as strawberry, raspberry, asparagus, horseradish and rhubarb plants. Prices range from $5 to $20 while supplies last.

“Ultimately, our objective with the sale is to increase tree canopy in Macomb County, as this will have a number of positive benefits for our community,” Santoro said. “For instance, areas with a healthy amount of trees see a reduction in pollutants, a reduction in home energy usage and an increase in property values. Increasing tree canopy also aligns with one of the goals of our Macomb County Parks and Natural Resources Master Plan – which is to enhance natural resources and promote environmental stewardship.”

All items purchased during the pre-order period can be picked up at the in-person tree and plant sale on Arbor Day - Friday, April 24 (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.), or Saturday, April 25 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights. A limited stock of trees and plants will be available for purchase on site.

Since the sale began three years ago, more than 60,000 trees and plants have been purchased by residents, businesses and communities throughout Macomb County. For more information on the tree and plant sale, visit the Green Macomb website.

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