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 the trees. Shade trees must make up 60 percent or more of the total requested trees. This requirement may be waived exclusively for fruit tree projects such as fruit orchards and community gardens. Applicants must 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 must attend an orientation meeting, provide 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.

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 June) and fall (September through December) only.

Community Tree Planting Application

Community Tree Planting applications are accepted year-round. However, only those received by May 1st of the year are considered for the upcoming fall (September – December) and spring (March – June) planting seasons.


Before submitting an application, be sure your project meets the following requirements:

  • Obtain permission of all property owners where trees will be planted;
  • Attend a project organizer orientation to review project requirements and logistics;
  • Participate in pre-planting conference calls;
  • Provide morning refreshments and lunch to volunteers (if applicable);
  • Develop and commit to a three-year, post-planting watering plan.

Your Contact Information

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Community Planting Information

Name of organization, business, or affiliation (or just your name if this does not apply).

Please note that it often takes up to a full year to fulfill a community tree planting request, given the planning and preparation needed for each community tree planting event.
Planting Site Details

Choose all that apply.

Image files, pdfs, and MS Office files accepted.

Briefly tell us why you would like to have a tree planting at this site.
Tree Request Details
Enter in the number of trees you would like to plant. 
Note: Casey Trees prioritizes planting sites that would like to plant 10 or more trees; However, all tree planting applications are considered.

After submitting your application, you will be emailed with a copy of your response to the email you provided. Thank you.

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

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