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Posted on: December 27, 2021

Tree for a Tree Program

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In an effort to help Manitowoc residents regain some of the urban canopy which is being lost due to the Emerald Ash Borer’s devastating effects on our city’s Ash Tree population, the City of Manitowoc Forestry Division will again offer a Christmas Tree Exchange Program.  The Tree for a Tree Program will offer city residents the opportunity to exchange a fresh cut Christmas tree for a young deciduous tree seedling known in forestry as a “whip.”  Whips are ready for planting and are generally described as between three to four feet in height, two to four years of age, and ready for planting.


Throughout the month of January 2022, City of Manitowoc residents will have the opportunity to bring their live Christmas tree to the Manitowoc County Recycling Center at 3000 Basswood Road and receive a voucher for a deciduous whip. (One voucher per resident please.)  Live trees should be free of stands, decorations, bags, tinsel, lights, etc.  Participants should get their voucher from the main office before dropping off their tree.   Office hours are Monday through Friday between 7 am and 4 pm.  


Vouchers will be redeemable from April 15, 2022 through May 15, 2022 at Silver Creek Nurseries located at 1909 Silver Creek Road, Manitowoc.  Participation is restricted to City of Manitowoc residents and is on a “first come, first serve” basis as quantities will be limited.



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For additional information, contact the Department of Public Infrastructure between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at (920) 686-3580 or visit the website at

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