The city of Nampa has trees available for purchase for planting in the city’s right-of-ways. Trees must be planted in the right-of-way or within 15 feet of the road if there is no improved right-of-way. Cost is $80 and includes a personal consultation with City Forestry staff at the purchaser’s home, education on the right tree for the right place, pickup and delivery of the tree, proper planting and a one-year guarantee. The program begins April 3 and continues through the cool months of spring.
The right of way area is defined as "Improved or unimproved public property dedicated or deeded to the city for the purpose of providing vehicular, pedestrian and public use." The right-of-way can vary in width and typically extends a few feet behind the sidewalk.
Tree varieties to choose from may include: Lustre Maple, Sensation Maple, Royal Red Maple, Royalty Crabtree, Thundercloud Plum, Chanticleer Pear, Skyline Locust and Greenspire Linden. Variety choice is subject to nursery stock availability. All varieties may not be available at all times.
Homeowners will be asked to call Dig Line to have utility lines marked before planting, to remove stakes after one year and to apply proper watering methods for newly planted trees.
Trees benefit the community by contributing to energy conservation, noise reduction, air quality improvement, erosion control, increased property values and scenic beauty, according to the city’s forestry staff. Trees also bring natural elements and wildlife habitats into urban surroundings, all of which increase the quality of life for residents of the community.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact the Parks & Forestry office at 468-5890.