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Pick up a free tree Saturday for Arbor Day


The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife is giving away trees for Arbor Day this Saturday.

Locally sourced trees will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis at various locations on Oʻahu, Maui, and Kauaʻi.

Each location will have various types of trees, depending on the local growing conditions. Every tree will come in a 1-gallon pot.

"Arbor Day is really about celebrating all of the wonderful benefits that we get from trees," said Heather McMillen, the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife Urban and Community forester.

"People will know that they reduce erosion, and they’re even important for reducing our urban heat temperatures. They can help reduce our heating and cooling bills. They reduce pollution by filtering out air, and even filtering the rain through the soil before it goes out to the ocean and into our streams," McMillen explained.

To find which tree is the best fit for you, check out Plant Pono or SelecTree.

Zoe Dym is a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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