Spring 2015 Community Tree Planting


    The city’s boulevard tree spaces are currently over half empty and each year 1,000 boulevard trees are removed to disease or damage. We need your help to add 200 more street trees to the Sunnyside and Slatterly Park neighborhoods in southeast Rochester.  Much of this planting will focus on planting the “Right Trees in the Right Place” through placing short stature trees under power lines to prevent problems in the future of the trees growing into the wires.

    Saturday, May 2
    Starting at 8:30 am
    Meet at the RNeighbors offices’ parking lot, on the Fairgrounds at 1421 3rd Avenue SE.

    You’ll be able to see our
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    2015 Neighborhood Project Grant Winners

    We had many strong grant submissionns for the first year of our Neighborhood Project Grants. These grants reimburse up to $1,000 in costs for neighborhoods to complete projects that enhance a neighborhood’s livability and involvement, benefit the entire neighborhood and promote a strong sense of community. Each of the applications had to ensure that the neighbors would put in the volunteer effort to bring the project to completion by October 30, 2015.

    And the winners are…

    19th Ave SW Neighborhood
    Little Free Library
    Cimarron Neighborhood
    Raised handicapped accessible garden bed with surrounding paver walkway.
    Eastside Neighborhood
    Fourth Street Community Garden with components of a “Community Board” and
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    2015 Spring Neighborhood Tree Grant Planting

    At RNeighbors, we know that trees make good neighbors.

    That is why we partner with the City of Rochester, the Park and Rec Department, MN Conservation Corps and Rochester Public Utilities to offer the RNeighborWoods Tree grant for a winning neighborhood to receive free boulevard trees in the spring and fall. Check out all of the sponsors who help us make this effort possible.

    Thanks to over 45 volunteers, 25 trees have found homes in this NW neighborhoods boulevards. Tree types included Pin Oak, Bur Oak, Princeton American Elm, Ginko and Hackberry.

    The NW Neighbors applied for the Neighborhood Tree Grant stating “We are anticipating a large
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    Earth Month 2015 Proclamation

    Mayor Ardell F. Brede held a media conference on April 1, 2015, in the Government Center’s City Hall Atrium, issuing a Mayoral Proclamation for Earth Month 2015, highlighting environmental activities scheduled throughout the month of April.

    Earth Month 2015 Proclamation  


    Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2015 and Arbor Day is Friday, April 24, 2015; and


    Earth Day and Arbor Day inspire many organizations to host environmental events to help raise awareness of environmental issues during the month of April; and


    several environmental events have been planned in Rochester during the month of April; and


    The Mayor’s Urban Forestry Volunteer Awards are presented to volunteers
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    Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! Registration Now Open

    Men’s underwear, a cat bed, a set of car keys, and a broken toilet. What do these things have in common? They are just a few of the odd things found in Rochester during the last 8 years of litter clean-ups during the annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. What will our volunteers find this year?

    So far, over 95 tons of litter has been collected by thousands of citizens since the program began in 2007. This year’s event will be April 18-25 and registration is now open.

    Volunteers are encouraged to collect litter anytime during that week. Trash
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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – February 2015

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their sixth official meeting. Thanks to the Rochester Area Foundation for the excellent meeting space and to Mayor Brede for his support of the group. Representatives from the Sunnyside, Kutzky, Eastside, Historic SW, Washington, Homestead Trails, Folwell, NW Neighbors and a Downtown neighborhood not yet registered as an association were in attendance.

    The focus of this meeting was to hear about and discuss the current Current Olmsted County Planning Process. Presenters were John Harford, Supervisor, Development Review Services Division and Mitzi Baker, Director, both from the Rochester‐Olmsted Planning Department.

    To strengthen connections between neighborhood leaders and
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    2015 RNeighbors Neighborhood Project Grants

    What is the Neighborhood Project Grant?
    These grants reimburse up to $1,000 in costs for neighborhoods to complete projects that enhance a neighborhood’s livability and involvement, benefit the entire neighborhood and promote a strong sense of community. We encourage you to be creative. These non-revenue producing projects can include, but are not limited to, identification signage, butterfly & rain gardens, native plantscaping and public art projects.

    Are you specifically interested in a community food garden?
    Thanks to a partnership with the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and Olmsted County Public Health, five grants up to $1,000 each are available for community food gardens.
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    Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) Survey

    The City of Rochester Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) is seeking input on the future of heritage preservation in our community.

    Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) Survey

    Please help in this effort by sharing your opinions regarding heritage preservation. We are seeking a broad range of input, so please share this survey link with others you feel may be interested.
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    2015 Spring Citizen Forester Training

    Photo: On Saturday, September 20, 2014, 52 folks spent their morning learning all about and planting trees in our Citizen Forester class.

    When: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8 am – Noon
    Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center
    Community Ed Class Number: 8644.231
    Price: $15.00

    Become a part of the Rochester urban forester team through this course led by the City of Rochester Forestry Division and RNeighborWoods. This class is packed with tree education, climbing and planting.

    You’ll be an active participant in learning tree planting basics, care, basic arboriculture, urban forest advocacy, and hands-on activities. Discover techniques that will give you
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    2015 Spring Tree Grant Application Now Available

    Photo: On September 27, 2014, the RNeighborWoods team helped the Washington neighborhood plant 25 trees including Ginkgo, Elm (disease resistant), Crab-apple, Red Bud, Buckeye, and Swamp White Oaks as a part of the Neighborhood Tree Grant.

    Trees make good neighbors.

    Since its creation in 2004, RNeighborWoods has organized 5,150 volunteers to plant 5,764 trees on Rochester boulevards. These trees provide multiple ecological and other public benefits including reducing Rochester’s carbon footprint. Once again the City of Rochester, RPU and RNeighbors is offering a grant for a winning neighborhood to receive 25 free boulevard trees.

    Announcing the RNeighborWoods Tree Grant!

    Twenty-five trees will all
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