The City of Rochester Hills is Offering Free Trees to Homeowners Through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy Program

Community trees deliver cost-saving, health-promoting benefits to residents

This fall, in addition to our annual street tree program, The City of Rochester Hills is once again providing 200 free trees to homeowners to plant on their private property through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy program. Funded through the City’s Tree Fund, this program will help clean the air and water, reduce stormwater runoff, sequester carbon and lower energy usage through strategic residential tree planting. This is another example of why the City of Rochester Hills has been and continues to be a Tree City USA Community for the past 31 years.

Through Community Canopy, residents reserve trees using an online mapping tool that takes the guesswork out of where to plant the tree on a specific property to help maximize air, water, energy and carbon benefits. On a community level, it helps in replacing trees and our community’s tree canopy lost to pests, disease, storm damage, safety concerns, and development.  

Beginning on September 7th, residents can reserve their free trees at www.arborday.org/rochesterhills Customers can reserve one tree and are expected to care for and plant them in the location chosen through the online tool. The types of trees offered include the following: Redbud, Serviceberry, White Oak, Red Oak, and Tulip Pine. 

Community Canopy allows residents to strategically plant trees to reduce their energy costs. Carefully positioned trees can reduce a household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling by up to 25 percent. Computer models devised by the U.S. Department of Energy predict that proper placement of only three trees can save an average household between $100 and $250 in energy costs annually. 

Trees also offer vast benefits for the community at large. Thriving urban forests bolster human health, from encouraging physical activity to reducing respiratory illnesses stemming from air pollution. In the United States, park trees alone remove about 75,000 tons ($500 million) of air pollution each year. And urban trees reduce runoff of sediment, pollutants, and organic matter into streams, improving our water quality. Trees have also been shown to reduce crime, lower stress levels, and develop community pride. Questions about planting trees in Rochester Hills, this specific program, or other forestry programs visit www.rochesterhills.org/trees or contact us at 248-656-4673.

About the City of Rochester Hills

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNN Money Magazine, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education, and technology; the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.

About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

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