The MWRD launched a program in 2016 that will aid in managing stormwater and educating communities and schools on the value of the tree canopy that has been depleted over the last century. The “Restore the Canopy, Plant a Tree” initiative empowers the residents of Cook County with an opportunity to restore our region’s tree canopy and reduce the chances of future flooding.
The MWRD is partnering with municipalities, schools, local agencies, community groups and other organizations interested in planting 18-inch oak saplings throughout the county.
The free saplings are available in individual pots or in bulk bags of 100 bare root saplings. Planting and care instructions, along with additional information regarding the benefits of trees, will be provided with each delivery. With advance notice, the saplings can be picked up at MWRD facilities or delivered.
The initiative can be especially useful to area schools, as the program offers teachers and students the opportunity to restore our region's depleted tree canopy through an educational experience that extends beyond the classroom. The saplings can be planted on school grounds or at students' homes as a way to educate students on how they can protect their environment and meet the MWRD's goals in stormwater management.
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