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The Re-Tree Richland County​ 2.0 Program ​is Right Around the Corner, Saturday, April 30th


Applications are now available for the Re-Tree Richland County 2.0 program. They are available at Sidney City Hall located at 115 2nd St. SE, Sidney, MT, 59270. This is a free hands-on workshop which teaches people proper tree planting and care techniques and also gives instructions on how to determine the appropriate tree for a given space.

The workshop, which will take place earlier than originally expected, is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th at the Sidney Country Club from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Free 6’ to 8’ trees are available to be planted within a city street right-of-way no less than thirty feet from a street corner in Sidney, Lambert, Fairview, and Crane. Any Richland County resident living outside of city limits can contact Stephanie Ridl, City Parks Superintendent and Richland County Tree Board Secretary, at 406-480-9263 or [email protected] for rural planting specifics.

Available tree species include: ‘Royal Frost’ Birch, ‘Autumn Gold’ Ginkgo, Northern Catalpa, Ironwood, ‘American Dream’ Swamp White Oak, Harvest Gold Linden, Heritage Oak, American Sentry Linden, Triumph Elm, ‘Havre’ Honeylocust, ‘Street Keeper’ Honeylocust, ‘Hot Wings’ Tatarian Maple, Mountain Frost Pear, White Fir, and Weeping White Pine.

All Richland County residents are welcome to attend the workshop, however anyone who plans on being there must fill out an application, even if they are not interested in obtaining a tree; this will give a tentative headcount as brunch will be served. Applications must be returned to Sidney City Hall before April 29th.

For those wanting to plant a tree on their property, a site evaluation will be conducted by Richland County Tree Board members and they will help individuals determine the best type of tree for planting. The property owner must attend the Re-Tree Richland County 2.0 program and then plant and maintain the tree. This is the third year that the Re-Tree Richland County 2.0 program has been held, and is one of many steps being taken to diversify the tree canopy of Richland County which has lost many of its trees to Dutch Elm Disease. Ridl’s ultimate goal is to have a canopy with no more than 10% of its population made up by a single species of tree in order to protect against an entire tree population being lost to disease. There is a limit of one tree per property per year. For more information, contact Ridl at 406-480-9263.


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