The city of Nampa has trees available for purchase to plant in the city’s right-of-ways. Trees purchased will 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, planting and a one-year guarantee. The program begins April 2 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, to apply proper watering methods for newly planted trees and to use licensed tree care companies with the city for any future tree care pruning and maintenance. A current listing of companies can be found on the Parks website or upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 208-468-5890.