- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Free trees are available to residents in at least two Vermont communities to help cool homes in the summer to save on energy costs.

The program is focused on urban sections of Newport, Bennington, North Bennington and South Shaftsbury that have a lot of exposed asphalt and rooftops but limited tree cover.

The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program says trees provide shade in hot weather and act as a wind barrier in the cold.

Residents can learn if they’re eligible and reserve up to two free trees online at vtcommunityforestry.org/est. The website also provides tips on where to plant the trees to reduce energy costs.

The trees will be available for pick up on June 17 at the Bennington Battle Monument and the Newport Recycling Center.

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