FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2019
John Scott or Melissa Evans
Parks and Recreation Department
479.444.3470 or 479.444.3486
Bounty on Bradford Pear Trees, City Offers Native Tree as Reward
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— The City of Fayetteville recognizes Bradford pear trees as an invasive species in our area. Invasive trees spread quickly and choke out our native trees, shrubs, and flowers. Native tree species are more beneficial to the environment and wildlife. To spread awareness and discourage the spread of these invasive trees, the City of Fayetteville has posted a “bounty” on Bradford pear trees. The City of will give one native tree to each person who cuts down a Bradford pear on their property within city limits. Please note that the City is unable to cut down your tree. Property owners should cut their own tree or hire a company.
To qualify, residents are asked to take a picture of their cut-down Bradford pear tree while they are in bloom from mid-March to early April. Then bring the photograph to one of the locations listed below or email the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, address, and phone number. Limit is one tree per household while supplies last. Trees will be given away on a first-come first-serve basis. One hundred native trees will be available; species include American plum, flowering dogwood, eastern redbud, hawthorn, and serviceberry.
Giveaway dates and locations:
- April 25 and 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Parks and Recreation Department Office, located at 1455 S. Happy Hollow Road
- April 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Clarence Craft Park, located at 1650 N. Jordan Lane
The City’s Urban Forestry staff stress “Right Tree, Right Place.” Trees can take many years to reach their mature height and spread. It is important for homeowners to take all surroundings into consideration when choosing the location for their new tree. To avoid the need for heavy pruning or removal, consider the mature height of the tree and its proximity to overhead power lines. Residents should always contact Arkansas One Call at 811 or 800-482-8998 before digging. Fayetteville citizens and businesses are encouraged to learn about invasive species when choosing plants, and to remove and replace invasive species on their own properties. To learn more about invasive species and suitable native replacements, visit Invasive Plant Species in Fayetteville Arkansas.
QUESTIONS? Please call the Parks and Recreation Office at 479.444.3471.