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Community Tree Planting

Since 2002, our flagship Community Tree Planting program has helped add more than 20,000 trees to private residential and commercial property across D.C. We take great joy in working with community organizers to plant trees to make their neighborhoods more welcoming — and help them address concerns unique to their site such as flooding, noise pollution and lack of shade. When the right tree is planted in the right location, great things are possible!

How it Works

Community groups propose a planting site and locations for ten or more trees. Shade trees must make up 60 percent or more of the total requested trees. This requirement is waived exclusively for fruit tree projects such as fruit orchards and community gardens. Applicants are encouraged to secure approval or permission from property owners before submitting an application.

Successful applicants are assigned a Casey Trees-trained Lead Citizen Forester as a technical advisor to help select tree species and planting locations and to develop a three year post-planting maintenance schedule. Project Organizers are expected to attend an orientation meeting, coordinate morning refreshments and lunch for volunteers and ensure that the trees receive weekly watering in the spring, summer and fall for three years after they are planted.

In exchange, Casey Trees provides support leading up to — including volunteer recruitment — and on the day of the planting, and all the required tools, safety gear, trees and tree care items such as slow-release watering bags at no cost to the group.

Community Tree Plantings take place in the spring (March through May) and fall (October through December) only.

Apply

Applications are accepted year-round. Those received by May 1st will be considered for the upcoming fall (October – December) and spring (March – May) seasons. We accept approximately 15 projects per season.

Community Planting Site Application

Please note that the Community Tree Planting program is not intended to fulfill street tree requests. Requests for street trees should be made through 311 Online.