The annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway will be Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. You can pick up free tree seedlings at 3 locations in Rice County on Friday. They include Wholesale Tire in Faribault, Apple Chevrolet in Northfield and the Lonsdale Feed Mill's new retail store in Lonsdale. The Rice County Master Gardners will be in the parking lots to hand out the tree seedlings along with instructions on how to plant and care for the trees.

The Rice County Forestry Committee donates the trees each year. They have a tree planter that they rent to citizens that are planting a lot of trees. The funds are used to maintain the tree planter and replace it when needed. Typically there is a surplus of funds in the account so they purchase trees and give them away on Arbor Day.

The tree species available this year that are native to Minnesota or well adapted include: Silver Maple, Kentucky Coffee Tree, White Pine, White Spruce, and Wild Plum. In addition there will be a Pollinator Shrub Mix that usually includes flowering shrubs like June Berry, Dogwood, and Nine Bark.