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Foundation offers 10 free trees with membership

Now's the time to start thinking about the spring planting season, and the Arbor Day Foundation is offering an ideal way for everyone to plant trees when the weather warms up.

Every person from Minnesota who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in February will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees.

The 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees for America campaign.

"Colorado blue spruces, with their silver blue-green color and attractive conical shape, will give year around beauty to homes in Minnesota," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "They will also add to the proud heritage of Minnesota's 93 Tree City USA communities. For more than 30 years, Tree City USA has supported community forestry across Minnesota, and planting these graceful trees will add to this vital tree-planting tradition."

Trees will be shipped post paid at the right time for planting between March 1 and May 31 with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced for free.

Members also receive a subscription to the foundation's colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day and The Tree Book.

To become a member of the Foundation and to receive the trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Colorado Blue Spruce Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Feb. 29, or go to