Free Tiny Trees Pickup for Des Moines Residents This Saturday


press release

Des Moines, Iowa — Friday, May 12, 2023 — Des Moines residents can contribute to the city’s urban treetop growth by picking up five free Tiny Trees at Polk County River Place this Saturday, May 13.

“It’s a great way for residents to privately contribute to the growth of the city’s forest while we work to plant more trees in public spaces,” said City Forester Shane McQuillan.

Since 2017, the Forest Division of the Department of Public Works has been giving away thousands of free Tiny Trees to residents every spring.

The forestry team and several volunteers will be stationed in the parking lot at 2309 Euclid Avenue from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to distribute up to five trees along with planting instructions to Des Moines residents.

While Forestry Tiny Tree took orders from nearly 2,000 residents to gauge species demand, residents are encouraged to show up, whether they remember their order or not.

“All you have to do is live in Des Moines and we’ll have trees for you,” McQuillan said.

Learn more about the Tiny Trees program and what species will be available this Saturday at DSM.City/TinyTrees.

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Administrator’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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