Foundation offers free trees to selected Oshkosh property owners - April 4 2012

OSHKOSH, WI -- About 400 property owners in Oshkosh will soon receive a letter from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation with an offer for something that will boost the curb appeal of their homes and make the community more beautiful. And it won't cost them a dime.

Selected property owners are being offered free trees this month as part of the Community Foundation's Taking Root Campaign.

The selected properties are located on Ninth Avenue, 20th Avenue, Bowen Street, South Park Avenue and Murdock Avenue. Most are residential homes or rental properties, but some businesses also will be contacted.

The project seeks to beautify major thoroughfares and the corridors leading into the city from U.S. 41 by adding trees. Corridors leading into the city from U.S. 45, State 21 and State 76 were not considered for this phase of the project due to ongoing or future road construction.

No tax dollars are being used. The project is funded through the Community Foundation by private donations.

Property owners will be asked to select from three options for small or large varieties of tree species, depending which is suitable for the location. To participate, residents must indicate their tree choice by April 20, 2012, by completing a postage-paid postcard included in the mailing.

"I hope a majority of the people we are contacting will want a tree on their property," said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. "We appreciate their participation because it's for the benefit of the community."

Residents will have the choice of the following tree species:
  • Large tree - Kentucky coffeetree, Disease resistant American Elm or Hackberry
  • Large tree - Honey-locust, White Oak or Sugar Maple
  • Small tree - Ornamental Pear, Japanese Lilac or Serviceberry

  • The Taking Root project is in response to the 2008-09 citywide visioning survey in which a majority of residents said they wanted Oshkosh to be seen as a green and environmentally friendly community with more tree-lined streets and welcoming corridors leading into Oshkosh from U.S. 41.

    More than 2,600 trees have been planted in the city since the spring of 2010, when Taking Root was launched. The project has included tree plantings along city streets and in parks, the addition of flower beds and historical information signs in parks and public spaces. This spring's work is the third and final phase of the project.

    The Community Foundation is accepting donations to build the Taking Root Fund endowment. Donations can be sent to:
    Oshkosh Area Community Foundation
    230 Ohio St., Suite 100
    Oshkosh, WI 54902-5894

    Credit card donations can be made by phone at 920-426-3993 or online by clicking here.

    The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.


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