Black Hills Energy giving away free trees for Earth Day

(Lincoln, NE) -- Black Hills Energy is giving away more than 800 free trees for Earth Day.

Black Hills Energy says starting on Friday, April 22, customers can claim a tree through their partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees Initiative. A free tree can be reserved on a first come, first served basis here. The 3 to 4 foot tall dormant trees will be delivered directly to customers for spring planting from May through early June. Black Hills says the trees are small enough that they can be planted by one person.

“Over the past few years, spending time outdoors in our communities has been more important than ever. Our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation in the Energy-Saving Trees program offers us the opportunity to positively contribute to cleaner air, energy savings and other valuable benefits gained by planting the right tree in the right place,” said Kevin Jarosz, vice president of operations for Nebraska.

Since beginning the program in 2014, nearly 9,000 trees have been planted through the partnership. “The Energy-Saving Trees program enables utility providers with an opportunity to become directly involved with their communities in meaningful ways,” said Kristen Bousquet, program manager at the Arbor Day Foundation. “Days like Earth Day and Arbor Day are the perfect opportunity to allow individuals to celebrate and secure the future of the planet. This unique program benefits utility providers, their customers and the communities they serve by finding natural ways to conserve energy.”

Black Hills also says at least two business days before you plan to dig, Call Before You Dig to have underground utility lines marked. Black Hills says in Nebraska, you can make a free call by dialing 811 or schedule online at

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