Free Oak Saplings – Restore the Canopy

This summer, Alderman Matt O’Shea and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District are providing free oak tree saplings to Chicagoans. If you have already ordered a sapling, you can pick it up on Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 9am-1pm, at the 95th Street Farmer’s Market (95th & Longwood Drive) Instructions will also be provided to aid in planting and caring for the trees.

Trees provide a beautiful green canopy for urban communities that enhance property values, reduce utility bills, and are a powerful and effective form of green infrastructure.  A medium size oak tree can help prevent flooding by absorbing 2,800 gallons of rainfall per year.  Chicago’s tree population has been decimated by emerald ash borer infestations and extreme weather.