LEWISTON — Residents with a “green thumb” can benefit from Lewiston’s new Treebate Program.

On Aug. 15, the Lewiston City Council approved a policy where residents can receive a rebate for a portion of the cost incurred for purchasing and planting trees on single-family and duplex properties.

The rebate will credit a property owner’s storm water fee for 50 percent of the cost of a qualifying tree up to a maximum of $100. Applicants are eligible for no more than one tree a year.

Ward 7 City Councilor Michael Lachance, who had the idea, said, “Planting a tree improves more than the property it is planted on. Quality trees enhance streets, neighborhoods and whole cities. This program ‘gives back’ to those who choose to enhance their property with a quality tree. It’s a great way for Lewiston rate payers to collaborate with City Hall and enhance our neighborhoods — a ‘win-win’ return on investment for everyone.”

Residents should submit a Treebate application, available at www.lewistonmaine.gov/treebate.

Once the application is reviewed and eligible for storm water utility credits based on fund availability, residents will be contacted. Tree descriptions and a planting guide can also be found at the above link.

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