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"Shade Crusade" residential tree sale to combat loss of trees in West Des Moines

Post Date:03/20/2018 2:16 PM

In an effort to offset the loss of trees due to the emerald ash borer, the City of West Des Moines is making 460 high quality native trees available for purchase during a new residential tree sale for West Des Moines residents. Each tree has a value of $60 - $120, but residents will pay only $30 per tree with the balance covered by the City. Each household will be limited to two trees that must be planted on residential property within the West Des Moines City limits.

Forestry Supervisor John Olds said this offer, called the "WDM Shade Crusade,” allows residents to purchase trees online by visiting the City’s website at Species available include Kentucky Coffee Tree, Northern Pecan, Hackberry and the following Oak species: Chinkapin, Dwarf Chinkapin, Bur, Swamp White, White and Red.

Residents need to select the tree(s) they would like on the City’s website and make their payment before Friday, April 20, 2018. Trees must be picked up on Saturday, April 28, from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., at the City Hall parking lot at 4200 Mills Civic Parkway. Tree planting and care demonstrations will be held every 30 minutes starting at 8:30 a.m.

“In the next few years, we’ll see the devastation caused by the emerald ash borer, so it’s important to reestablish our urban tree canopy,” Olds said. “Trees give us oxygen and fight pollution, they prevent erosion, provide shelter for wildlife and they help us conserve energy with the shade they provide.” Without trees, life on earth would be difficult if not impossible to sustain.

“Foresters always like to say that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the next best time is today,” he said.

Residents with questions about the program, or the types of trees that are available for purchase, may contact John Olds at 222-3417 or email him at

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