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In partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission, Snapping Shoals EMC  is providing 1,000 free trees to customers through Energy-Saving Trees, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting.

Snapping Shoals EMC customers can reserve their free trees at http://www.arborday.org/snappingshoals. An online tool helps customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses. Customers are expected to care for and plant their tree in the location provided by the online tool. The types of trees offered include the following: red oak, white oak, red maple, southern magnolia and crape myrtle.

The program will continue until all 1,000 trees are reserved. The two-to-four foot tall trees will be delivered directly to customers in late February to early March at an ideal time for planting, and while we are celebrating Georgia’s Arbor Day on February 17, 2017.

“This program benefits the environment and can help customers save money on their energy bills,” said Scott Fuss, Snapping Shoals Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator.

The “Energy-Saving Trees” online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree software to calculate estimated benefits. In addition to providing approximate energy savings, the tool also estimates the trees’ other benefits, including cleaner air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved storm water management.

More information about Georgia Forestry Commission can be found at GaTrees.org.

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About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org, or by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter or our blog.

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Kids and Trees
As cooler temperatures move into Georgia, residents are digging out their gardening gloves and getting ready for the fall season.

December through February is the best time to plant trees in Georgia and now is the best time to order low-cost seedlings from the GFC.

A lot of people are unaware that we grow and stock a wide variety of hardwood and pine seedlings. Our selection includes lots of trees that are perfect for home landscapes, and if neighbors or a homeowner association gets together to place an order, the savings can be even more significant.

Some of the ornamental selections offered by the GFC are river birch, dogwood, cedar, several types of oak, maple, crepe and wax myrtles and fruit trees. As few as ten seedlings of the same species may be ordered at a time and deliveries begin the first week of December. In addition to these smaller homeowner packages, the GFC offers 3rd generation pines for large scale reforestation projects spanning thousands of acres.

It’s really easy to go to our website and find everything you need. There’s a complete list of species and prices, along with ordering information, planting directions and much more.

To see the seedling selection and their descriptions, visit the Georgia Forestry Commission website at GaTrees.org/Reforestation. Georgia residents may also contact the local office of the GFC to order seedlings and get questions answered.

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