Forest ReLeaf prioritizes strategic planting locations that help vulnerable communities recover their tree canopy. The Priority ReLeaf program serves financially underserved neighborhoods and communities struggling to overcome natural disasters such as a tornado or invasive species attack. In addition to the free 3-gallon trees , this program provides larger 15-gallon trees for planting that can quickly fill in canopy gaps. Trained staff support Priority Releaf partners helping select species, informing planting plans, and hosting volunteer planting events. Forest ReLeaf assumes on-going maintenance responsibilities for some Priority ReLeaf projects if community need outstrips the community’s ability to provide for the sites. The program serves 40 partners each year on average and targets equity-seeking communities in need.
Priority ReLeaf Facts:
- Free, grant-funded trees available to qualified applicants each spring and fall for planting on public or not-for-profit property in financially underserved communities
- Over 30,000 trees distributed since 1995
- Ideal for high-need park, school, municipal and disaster response plantings
- Trees are often our larger, 15-gallon stock
- Planning and planting advice is provided