Friday, June 5, 2009


Want to add trees to your apartment complex, synagogue, church, or even private yard this fall? Better get crackin'. The deadline to submit a preliminary application (very short and simple to fill out) for a fall planting is Monday, June 15, 2009.

The Casey Trees Community Tree Planting (CTP) Program, established in 2005, is a grassroots approach to planting trees (10 or more) in neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia. Most private property qualifies. The best part – it's FREE!

Applicants propose a planting site – in DC only – and locations for the trees. Successful applicants are assigned a Casey Trees-trained Lead Citizen Forester as a technical advisor to help applicants determine which tree species to plant and where, and develop a planting plan and maintenance schedule. Casey Trees provides on site planting help AND all the required tools and trees. There is NO cost for this service.

Applicants must:

  • Propose locations for a minimum of ten (10) trees
  • Obtain permission of all property owners were trees will be planted
  • Agree to a post planting, two-year maintenance plan for the trees that includes weekly watering
  • Attend an orientation meeting
  • Host a lunch (i.e. pizza/bbq) for volunteers immediately following the planting

Applications may be sent by fax, mail or email. To apply, click here.

While CTP applications are accepted year round, applications received by June 15, 2009 will be considered for the fall planting season (October – December 2009). Applications received by November 30, 2009 will be considered for the following spring (March – April 2010).

Street tree requests should be submitted to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Urban Forestry Administration at 202-727-1000. Tree requests to fulfill required mitigation for the removal of a Special Tree under the Urban Forest Preservation Act will not be considered.

Questions? Contact Matthew Fried, Urban Forestry Manger, at 202-349-1891 or

Photo - Community Tree Planting with The Ontario Cooperative, Adams Morgan - March 14, 2009.

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