Free Trees to Plant in Your Community

Thanks to a collaborative effort of the Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, we will once again this fall (2019) be offering free trees for approved public projects and events. This program, which offers up to 10 trees per project, was designed for those who don’t quite fit with our larger Trees for Nebraska Towns (TNT) program.

Projects can be quite variable, but do need to be on public property and provide clear public benefit. The only other requirement is that the recipient conduct a public outreach effort (community tree celebration, volunteer planting, newspaper article, etc.) and report activities back to us. We are especially interested in and encourage applicants to consider street tree plantings and neighborhoods of highest need.

We pre-purchase a diverse list of high-quality trees to be distributed just prior to fall planting on a first come, first served basis. We determine which trees go where depending on recipient’s location and tree availability. Most of the trees are in the 7 gallon size—small enough to be manageable by volunteers, but big enough to have an impact.

If interested, complete and electronically submit the application by July 31. Applications will be reviewed as a group at that time, but remember, the earlier the application is submitted, the higher priority it receives on the first come, first served list. Late applications will be considered.

Program details and application.

Send any questions or completed application to Kendall Weyers