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Learn to be a true tree friend

Friday, January 17, 2020 by Tai Moses

Trees are priceless. They sequester carbon, lessen air pollution, filter rainwater, and reduce stormwater runoff. Their shade helps cool the air on hot days and their branches provide protection from the wind. Their leaves, seeds, nuts and fruits provide food for countless species of wildlife. And trees are beautiful. For all of these reasons and many more, Austin places a high value on its urban canopy. The Development Services Department’s Community Tree Preservation Division is conducting a series of free workshops to teach residents how to properly care for the trees in their lives, how to navigate the city’s tree ordinance, and how to apply for a tree permit when necessary. The Get Tree Smart workshops will take place on Jan. 23 at Menchaca Road Library, 5500 Menchaca Road, 6-7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 25 at Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road, 6-7:30 p.m. Register for January’s workshop here.

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