Free trees go quickly on Arbor Day

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WICHITA, Kan. - A week which has included Earth Day is ending with Wichita marking Arbor Day -- and a case where the early bird could get a tree.

The Care-A-Ton tree giveaway marked its eighth year before dawn Friday. People stopping by Old Town Square could leave with their choice of trees.

The event was supposed to start at 6:00 a.m., but a line was waiting outside the Warren Theatre before 5:30. The early arrivers were served, with a limit of one tree per person. Even though 750 total trees available, almost all of them were gone by 7:00.

Doing some math, organizers figure all 750 trees can absorb enough carbon dioxide in a year to match almost two million miles of driving.

The four trees available were red maple, Ann magnolia, dawn redwood and post oak. For unknown reasons, the official Kansas state tree (cottonwood) was not offered.

Wichita Parks and Recreation scheduled its own Arbor Day event later in the day. Free planting tips were planned at Earhart Environmental Magnet School on North Arkansas.

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