City Of Nampa Selling Trees To Residents To Encourage ‘Urban Forest’

Apr 4, 2019

Since 2005 the City of Nampa has sold trees to folks, encouraging residents to plant more in the city’s right-of-way areas. They're for sale again this spring.


“There’s several varieties of crab apples available," says Cody Swander. "We have flowering pears, flowering plums, we also have certain varieties of ash, locust and choke cherries available so far for this spring.”

 That’s Cody Swander, who oversees Nampa’s Park and Forestry Department. He says the program’s goal is to encourage residents to plant trees that can:  

“Help shade the street, help shade the sidewalk, [and] give beauty to our city.” 

He says for $99, you can buy a tree and a city arborist will plant it on your property and show you how to care for it. It just needs to be planted within 15 feet of a public right-of-way – like the sidewalk in front of your house.

Swander says the trees will be available through May, and they’ll also sell them for the fall planting season.

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