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The Re-Tree Richland County​ 3.0 Program ​May 6


April 19, 2017 | View PDF

Applications are now available for the Re-Tree Richland County 3.0 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 is scheduled for May 6 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, Savage, 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 for rural planting specifics.

Available tree species include: ‘Dakota Pinnacle’ Birch, ‘Autumn Gold’ Ginkgo, Northern Catalpa, Kentucky Coffeetree, Turkish Filbert, Redbud, White Fringetree, Korean Sun Pear, Yellowwood, American Beech, Siberian Larch, Bosnian Pine and Douglas Fir.

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, Richland County Tree Board members will conduct a site evaluation and they will help individuals determine the best type of tree for planting. The property owner must attend the Re-Tree Richland County 3.0 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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