The purpose of Free Trees for Fall Planting, supported by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and US Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration Grants, is to help enable the planting of trees during the fall of 2017 in conjunction with ReTree Nebraska Week and other planting events.
Who Can Apply?
Anyone is eligible to submit a request for trees. Priority for trees will be given to Nebraska Community Forestry Council Members, ReTree Nebraska ambassadors, Tree City USA tree boards, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum curators, individuals volunteering/supporting community forestry programs and Project Learning Tree facilitators. Schools, non-profit groups and civic organizations are encouraged to apply. Individuals must represent a group or organization. NOTE: All applicants must receive written permission from property owners/managers before planting can begin.
ReTree Nebraska week is September 24-30, 2017, but trees can be planted any time between September 1st and November 15, 2017 (October 15 for Panhandle). The recipient’s event will be considered a ReTree Nebraska event.
The Free Trees for Fall Planting has several goals:
- Celebrate trees and promote the value of healthy trees for a healthy community.
- Plant at least 300 high-quality trees in Nebraska communities in conjunction with a tree-related educational event or community celebration to promote trees and fall planting.
- Award tree advocates by giving priority to ReTree Nebraska ambassadors, Tree City USA tree boards, Tree Campus USA schools, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum curators, individuals volunteering/supporting community forestry programs and Project Learning Tree facilitators.
- Assist volunteers and non-profit partners such as business improvement districts, neighborhood associations, government agencies, and other public or private entities with tree planting in public spaces and areas of civic importance.
- Promote the healthy establishment and ongoing care of newly-planted trees.
- Diversify the community forest by promoting a broader diversity of native and well-adapted non-native tree species recommended by ReTree Nebraska. A special emphasis will be placed on the planting of ReTree Nebraska’s 17 for 2017 underutilized trees species.
- Provide educational opportunities for people to learn more about trees and their proper selection, planting and care.
The Free Trees for Fall Planting is part of the broader ReTree Nebraska initiative which has the goal of engaging Nebraskans to plant 1 million high-quality trees in communities across the state by 2017. More information about ReTree Nebraska and the Nebraska Community Forestry Council, including other grant funding sources, is available on the ReTree Nebraska website.
Qualifing projects will be provided with trees on a first-come, first-served basis until all trees are gone. Submit your application as soon as possible!
The Free Trees for Fall Planting is funded and/or supported by the following organizations.
- Greener Nebraska Towns Initiative funded by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and the Nebraska Environmental Trust, and
- The Nebraska Forest Service’s Landscape Scale Restoration grant funded by the US Forest Service.
Questions and More Information
Sustainable Communities Coordinator
Nebraska Forest Service