Hennepin County plants and maintains trees on sites throughout the county in partnership with cities, libraries, community organization and schools. Planting projects include along county roadways, at county libraries and facilities, at schools and parks, and in natural areas and conservation easements.
Arbor Day tree planting in Hopkins
Celebrate Arbor Day with Hennepin County by planting trees along Excelsior Boulevard. The event will take place Saturday, May 19* from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Through a partnership with the City of Hopkins, ash trees will be proactively removed before emerald ash borer arrives and and more than 150 trees of a diversity of species will be planted in their place.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Jen Kullgren at email@example.com or 612-596-1175.
*Please note the date of the planting has changed from what was originally scheduled due to the April snowstorm.
Most of the trees the county plants come from the county's gravel-bed nursery, located at the Hennepin County Adult Corrections Facility in Plymouth. The gravel-bed nursery gives the county access to hardy, diverse and cost-effective trees for use on county projects and properties.
Every spring, 1,500 young saplings of a variety of species are purchased from commercial nurseries and planted in the gravel-bed. The trees grow and develop a good root structure throughout the summer, and are ready to be transplanted in the fall.
Compared to conventional nursery trees, the gravel-bed nursery gives the county access to a wider diversity of tree species, produces trees that have a higher survival rate, and allows the county to plant trees in a more cost-effective manner. The gravel-bed nursery is also helping the county proactively replace ash trees that will ultimately be infested with the emerald ash borer.
Trees from the gravel-bed nursery are transplanted to a variety of county projects and properties.
Examples of planting projects that the county has or is working on include:
- Arbor Day plantings at various locations
- Community locations: including along the Midtown Greenway, at schools and in parks
- Hennepin County facilities and libraries
- Restoration projects in natural areas and conservation easements
- Transportation and transit corridors
If you are looking for assistance with a planting project or are interested in installing a gravel-bed nursery, contact Dustin Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-348-2259.