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Thanks to the Houston-based Apache Foundation and the Tree Bank Foundation, over 6,500 free trees have been planted in Oklahoma City neighborhoods. An additional 800 free trees will be made available to Oklahoma City residents during the seventh “Great OKC Tree Give-Away” in October 2013. The 2013 Give-Away is focused on residents who were directly impacted by the severe storms that struck Oklahoma City in 2013. 

Registration for the 2013 Give-Away will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9.

   
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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How can I get a tree?

Citizens who want a free tree must register for one. There are two ways to register:

1. Register online here;

2. Call (405) 602-3050

Registration will remain open as long as there are trees available in our inventory. As soon as inventory is depleted, registration will close automatically.

Who qualifies for the program?

Any citizen living within the corporate limits of Oklahoma City is eligible for a tree. Trees are only available for private, residential properties, and not for businesses or public lands. 

The 2013 Give-Away is limited to those residents whose property sustained damage by May 20 and 31st storms.  All registrant addresses will be verified and confirmed.

How do I know if I live within the Oklahoma City corporate limits?

Generally, if you are served by the Oklahoma City Police and Fire departments, and not the police or fire departments of another municipality, you live within the Oklahoma City corporate limits. A City water or utilities bill is not necessarily proof of residency.

All registrant addresses will be verified for eligibility and confirmation postcards will be sent after registration closes.

You can see if your residence is within the corporate limits of Oklahoma City by clicking on our WARD MAP.

If you do not live within the boundaries of Oklahoma City, you may wish to look into tree give-aways in surrounding municipalities:

City of Edmond (405) 359-4759  E-mail: leigh.martin@edmondok.com

The City of Edmond's event is being held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 18 at the Festival Market Place. This is a first-come, first-served event with no registration required. For more information, Edmond residents can go to www.edmondok.com/trees

City of Moore (405)793-5053  E-mail: jaredj@cityofmoore.com

  First event: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. October 25, 2013
  Second event: Begins at 8 a.m. November 9, 2013
     In conjunction with "American Recycles" Day

Both events are first-come, first-served - no registration required. Event location:

City of Moore Community Center
301 S. Howard
Moore, OK 73160

City of Norman (405) 366-5473
 
Registration for this event is closed. Norman residents who were unable to register can go to Reeves Park on October 18 after 6:00 p.m. to see if any trees are left.

City of Yukon (405) 350-8937 E-mail: jscott@cityofyukonok.gov

The event is being held from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. on October 18, 2013 at City Park. This is a first-come, first-served event – no registration required.


What kinds of trees are available?

In general, trees offered are suitable for growing in Oklahoma’s climate and for planting in a residential setting. Registrants will be able to select from an assortment of trees, including oaks, maples, junipers, hollies, sycamores, red buds and crape myrtles.

Registrants will not be able to select individual tree types in advance, and availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of distribution.

How big are the trees?

The trees are set in 3- gallon containers and range in size based on tree type. Most trees should be able to fit inside a medium to large-sized car, small truck or SUV.

How do I know if I will get a tree?

Registrants will receive a postcard in the mail within two weeks of the close of registration to confirm if they are: 

  1. Eligible, and a tree will be reserved (confirmation number will be provided);
  2. Not eligible due to residency requirements; or
  3. Eligible for the “waiting list” of any unclaimed trees.

When do I pick up my tree?

Pick-up date: Saturday, October 26, 2013  
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

If you are not able to pick up your tree during the designated distribution period, you must make arrangements to have someone do it for you. Trees cannot be held past the Give-Away distribution time.

Where do I pick up my tree?

OSU-OKC Campus - Physical Plant Building
900 North Portland Ave., Oklahoma City
(just south of 10th Street on Portland Avenue)

What do I do when I pick up my tree?

To pick up your tree, please bring your confirmation postcard. If you do not have your confirmation card, you will be required to show a photo ID or other proof of residency.

If you are sending another person to pick up your tree for you, they will still need to bring the confirmation postcard or provide your confirmation number.

If you are physically unable to carry the tree to your car, volunteers will be available to assist.

Can the tree be delivered to my home?

Unfortunately, no. The funds for this program are for the purchase of trees only. Citizens who qualify for a tree will need to pick it up during the designated distribution period.

Can I get more than one tree?

During registration, you will be able to request the desired number of trees to replace ones lost during the May storms. However, all requests may not be able to be filled based on availability and demand. At the close of registration, the City will verify resident eligibility for the program and send a confirmation postcard stating the number of trees that will be reserved for you at distribution.

How do I plant my tree?

Each registrant will be provided with a packet of take-home information on tree care and maintenance, including specific planting and watering instructions. This information is taken from the City's Putting Down Roots tree care guide, which is available online at www.okc.gov/roots.

In addition, Master Gardeners and local landscaping experts will be available to answer citizen questions on the day of distribution.

Remember, before planting any tree, citizens are asked to call Oklahoma One-Call System to mark the location of any buried utility lines: 1-800-522-OKIE.

For more information about the Great OKC Tree Give-Away, please call (405) 297-3006.