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Editorial: Arbor day tree distribution is good for city

Rosemount is no stranger to rapid development. The city added new homes by the dozens for a while in the early 2000s, and while things have slowed as the economy struggled, there are signs things are picking up. There is more growth in the future, and Rosemount is one of the few cities in the area with the room to accommodate it. Developments like the University of Minnesota's UMore Park expected to bring some 30,000 new residents over time. That project is still several years off, but there are other, smaller developments taking shape now.

That makes events like the city of Rosemount's annual Arbor Day celebration important. The city gives away hundreds of trees at the event, which will take place this year on May 5. Residents can pick them up, take them home and plant them in their yard.

It's a small thing, perhaps. But single trees here and there add up over time. And as more and more natural space disappears beneath new homes -- as more and more farmland gets planted with basements rather than crops -- those trees will become increasingly important. It is one way to preserve some green in a city that associates itself closely with the Emerald Isle, and that is a good thing.

The tree giveaway next week will be first come, first served. We hope Rosemount residents take advantage.