Ongoing efforts to increase tree canopy, provide shade, improve aesthetics and comfort, and reduce the heat island effect along Hiawatha Ave continued with the recent planting of 130 trees from the county’s gravel-bed nursery. The trees were planted on the west side of the road between 32nd and 46th streets by Sentencing to Service crews and staff from Hennepin County, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the nonprofit Tree Trust.
Although the trees from the gravel-bed nursery may look small, the robust root structure they developed in the gravel bed throughout the summer increases their chances of thriving in their transplanted location. The new trees include Kentucky Coffeetree, American Elm, Frontyard Linden, and Amur Maackia and will add to the diversity of species already in the corridor.
This new installation adds to the 350 trees planted in the corridor in spring 2014, as part of a partnership between Hennepin County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The county continues to look at opportunities to green this corridor in coming years.