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The program, designed by the McCook Tree Advisory Board, is intended to encourage property owners to plant trees and does have certain requirements that must be followed.
Rebated trees must be a minimum of six feet high and of a specific tree type, in addition to following location and planting guidelines set by the board. The tree types and guidelines were selected by the board to encourage the planting of trees with the highest probability to thrive in the area, as well as encouraging those that would provide the greatest long term benefit and least drawback to the community.
The program rebates 75 percent of the total purchase of up to three trees, not to exceed $75 per tree, with the allowance increased to $100 per tree for the focus tree. Non-residential plantings and exceptions to the program must be approved by the McCook Tree Advisory Board before the rebate is authorized.
Further information and the rebate application may be found online at www.cityofmccook.com.
The allowable tree types, broken into three categories:
Focus tree: Oak (English, White, Heritage or Bur Oak)
Shade trees: Amur Corktree, Catalpa, Hackberry, Elm (Dutch Elm Disease Resistant), Golden Raintree, Maple (Norway, Superform and Emerald Queen), Kentucky Coffeetree, Linden, Tatarian Maple and Thornless/Seedless Honey Locust.
Ornamental trees: Canadian Red Cherry, Flowering Crab Apple, Flowering Hawthorne, Purple Leaf Plum, Callery Pear (excluding Bradford Pear), Weeping Cherry and Weeping Mulberry.