A new report shows that Columbus needs to plant 300,000 trees in the next five years to recover from damage caused by insects and severe weather. Some areas have less than 15% tree canopy cover and are in desperate need of new plantings. As a community we can achieve this goal together. See our progress below in our live tree-o-meter:
Please get involved in one of the following ways:
Thanks to Branch Out Partners, Kurtz Bros and SWACO we are offering 1,000 free trees and compost to Columbus residents to plant on their property. The trees are seedlings, in 2 gallon pots. Due to the programs popularity, the 1,000 trees we had available for fall 2016 are SOLD OUT. If you would like to register for a tree to be picked up in the spring 2017, you can register here and further details will be provided to you in a few months. Note- city employees are not eligible to receive free trees; tree must be planted in the City of Columbus to be eligible.
PLANT A TREE
When planting your tree be sure to:
1. Select the right tree from our approved tree list.
2. Properly plant a tree or seedling to ensure it will survive and grow. Don't forget- always call OUPS before you dig to protect yourself from underground utilities.
3. Submit the location of the tree you planted to help keep track of progress towards our goal.
Earn up to a $100 rebate on the purchase of a tree(s) for your yard while supplies last. Visit the GreenSpot Backyards website to get started. The rebate program is administered by Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District on behalf of the City of Columbus.
REQUEST A STREET TREE
Submit a request through the City of Columbus' 311 system, by calling 614-645-3111 or visit www.311.columbus.gov and “submit a
service request”, type keyword “request a street tree” then follow the prompts. Note: there is a wait list of approximately two years to have the City plant it, however you can request a permit to plant your own street tree.
DONATE A TREE
Make a monetary donation to purchase and plant trees. Donations are tax deductible and can be made online via The Columbus Foundation. Contributions can be made to honor a loved one. For information on how to make a donation, visit here.
If you need eye glasses..visit Eye Columbus. They will donate a portion of every frame sold to help plant trees in Columbus parks. www.eyecolumbus.com
Patrick Flooring produces and installs their own custom hardwood flooring. They have pledged to plant a tree for every floor installed, whether that be in a customers yard or elsewhere. Visit www.patrickflooring.com for more information.
ADOPT A TREE
Care for existing trees in your area. Keep them healthy, watered and trimmed. View a fact sheet about how to properly maintain a tree here.
SIGN UP FOR or ORGANIZE AN EVENT
The City of Columbus Branch Out Columbus program was a proud sponsor of Earth Day 2016. The community planted over 21,000 trees during the week of April 16-23. See video here.
You can also register to participate in a city tree planting event or plan an event of your own using our online map throughout the remainder of the year. Should you need equipment for your event, Keep Columbus Beautiful can supply you with shovels, rakes, gloves and more.
TALK TO A TREE AMBASSADOR
Experts are available to advise you on tree selection and care at the following organizations:
-OSU Extension Master Gardener at email@example.com
-OSU Chadwick Arboretum at 614-688-3479
-City of Columbus Division of Forestry at 614-645-3350
-Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District at 614-486-9613
-The Dawes Arboretum at 1-800-44-DAWES
Thank you to the following organizations who have pledged to support Branch Out!
If your organization would like to sign on contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org