In recent years, many large trees that have shaded the streets of North East for decades have come to the end of their natural life cycle and had to be removed. Others, such as the chestnuts, elms and ash trees have succumbed to disease.

Open spots have been left in the once shady canopy that covered North East.

The North East Shade Tree Commission is working with residents to restore the tree lined streets of yesteryear.

Interested individuals will have a young tree, approximately 4-6 feet tall, professionally planted on the area between the sidewalk and the street in front of their residence. There is no charge for the tree or the planting. Recipients are expected to care for the tree in three ways: the tree should be mulched in the spring; watered during periods of hot dry weather; and protected from damage inflicted by lawn mowers and weed trimmers.

Interested individuals can contact the North East Borough Office at 814-725-8611 to receive an electronic request form or can stop by the office, 31 W. Main St., to complete a form in person.

Individuals can request a specific tree species or the North East Shade Tree Commission will make a recommendation based on the location.

A newly planted curb tree can turn into a shade tree in as little as 10 years.

North East residents can change the future look of their street by planting a tree today.

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