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April 3, 2014

More than 100 towns and cities may benefit this month from a new program that will distribute 115,00 free seedlings to replace trees destroyed by Sandy. The program is being run jointly by the state Department of Environmental Protection forestry services and the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation. Each town will have at least 1,000 trees spread across 30 different species, from oaks to dogwoods.

Officials warn that seedlings will be no more than knee-high when distributed, but residents should plan on the full-grown size of the species when planting, considering the overhead utility lines and proximity to structures.

The program is open to all state residents. Seedlings will be distributed on designated dates this month from specific distribution locations.

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