LIBERTY — With the city of Liberty, Heartland Tree Alliance volunteers are planting free trees in Liberty neighborhoods.

Trees are being planted along the street right of way, which is typically 10 to 15 feet from the street. There is no cost to residents except watering. The team will provide the tree, mulch, watering bag, and will plant the tree. The only request is that the resident needs to water the tree weekly for at least the first two years.

Volunteers also are needed. The minimum age to volunteer is 11 if accompanied by parents. All volunteers need to sign up in advance and will receive an online auto-confirmation email with more details, including meeting location and day-of contact information. Tools and training will be provided.

"Trees have many environmental, social and economic benefits. Mature trees shade the street and sidewalk, cooling pavement and air temperatures. Trees planted along the street have been shown to slow traffic speeds," states a release. "Neighborhoods with mature trees show a reduction in crime rates, mature trees can increase property value as high as 20%. mature trees filter air pollutants and reduce pulmonary health cases such as asthma and leaves on trees catch rain and reduce the amount of stormwater runoff during big rain events."

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