Planting Programs

Planting Programs
Our Forestry office receives a great deal of requests each season for new trees. Unfortunately, we are unable to complete every tree-planting request with exception of the Co-Op Tree Planting Program. While other planting programs may have a waiting time to get a tree planted the Co-Op Program trees are planted each June (see below). Some rules include:
  • May & June Only: Tree planting programs are active in May and June only. 
  • Requirements: Planting permits are required for all planting within the street right of way. Dig Safe System is contacted by our staff on all city tree planting projects.
Co-Op Tree Program | View more about this privately-funded tree program.
The Co-op Program is our most popular tree program. In this program, Portland residents can purchase a tree at one of our Co-Op Nurseries, and the forestry crew will pickup and properly plant the tree following program guidelines.

Tree Replacement Program
The Forestry Division reviews requests and plants trees as funding allows. The number of requests for city-funded trees exceeds the number of trees that we are able to plant. Priority is given to residential areas that have the greatest need and replacement trees. Written requests and multiple requests from neighborhoods or groups of residents are welcome and encouraged. This program is city funded.

Portland Tree Trust Program | See members, plans, and updates.
The Tree Trust Program is a 'public / private' partnership designed to enhance tree planting along city streets, parks and public grounds. See Tree Trust page for more information. Donations to the Portland Tree Trust can be forwarded to:
Portland Tree Trust
55 Portland St.
Portland, ME 04103

HCD Residential Tree Program
Portland’s Housing and Community Development Program funds tree planting in HCD eligible residential neighborhoods. Present HCD neighborhoods include Bayside, Kennedy Park, Munjoy Hill, Tyng/Tate, West End, and Parkside. Tree planting sites are determined by neighborhood requests and tree survey of need. Trees are planted in early May; requests should be made prior to April. 

Capital Improvement Program / Street Reconstruction Project Planting
Working together with Public Works Engineering Section major construction projects often include replacement tree programs. Prior to construction, existing trees are evaluated and open spaces reviewed for tree planting. Tree replacement planting follows in the spring or early summer after project completion. Current projects include: Edgeworth Avenue, Rockland Avenue, and Wayside Drive. Forest Avenue between Bedford Street and Woodford Street and Washington Avenue from Bates Street to Ocean Avenue have proposed projects for 2004.

Memorial Tree & Gift Tree Program
Trees may be planted in memory or as gifts in Portland’s Parks, Evergreen Cemetery, and along our public ways. Trees are planted between May and the end of June. Plagues, markers, or signs are not allowed to dedicate tree planting sites. View and submit the registration form online.