Landscape Services FAQ

Tree Trust’s Landscape Services is a professional landscape and ecological contracting department that serves public, residential, and commercial clients throughout the greater Twin Cities metro area. Revenue generated by Landscape Services directly supports Tree Trust’s youth employment training and community forestry programs – you can feel good supporting an agency that makes a difference in your own community.

To learn more about Tree Trust Landscape Services or request a quote on your project, visit their website.

Frequently Asked Questions about Tree Trust and Tree Trust Landscape Services

  • Is Tree Trust Landscape Services part of the Tree Trust organization?

    Yes. Tree Trust was founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1976, and Tree Trust Landscape Services was founded in 2004 as a Social Enterprise (earned income) division of the nonprofit Tree Trust. 
  • What is a Social Enterprise?

    “Social Enterprise” can be defined in many ways, but is typically a business unit of a nonprofit organization that generates revenue through earned income to help fulfill the nonprofit’s mission. This concept has become increasingly common as a result of a combination of government and public funding cuts to social programs. 
  • Does Tree Trust Landscape Services receive donations or funding given to the nonprofit?

    No. In fact, it is the opposite. Proceeds from Landscape Services directly support the job training and environmental programs operated by the Tree Trust nonprofit. 
  • How does Tree Trust Landscape Services pay for the costs of its operation?

    Tree Trust’s Landscape Services operates exclusively using revenue earned from the services they provide to pay the business-related expenses for their operations. This includes income tax on earnings.
  • What services does Tree Trust Landscape Services provide?

    Landscape Services offers tree care, property maintenance, lawn and snow removal, and landscape construction services to residential and commercial clients.
  • Do trainees from the Tree Trust JobPrep program work for Landscape Services?

    No. All staff employed by Landscape Services are professionals and not youth participating in job training through the Tree Trust JobPrep program.
  • What is the Tree Trust JobPrep program?

    JobPrep is the youth employment training and services department of Tree Trust. This program provides young people ages 14-24 who have barriers to education and employment with skills to help them prepare for the workforce. Services include employment readiness training, case management, college and career navigation, and paid work experience (not through Landscape Services) during the time the youth are enrolled with Tree Trust. 
  • What type of paid work experience do youth do with Tree Trust?

    The majority of youth getting paid work experience with Tree Trust participate on a conservation corps crew that does environmental improvement projects in local parks. Some youth are also placed into internships with one of our employment partner host sites. These experiences are considered to be based on a Youth Social Entrepreneurship model.
  • How is Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) different from Social Enterprise?

    “Youth Social Entrepreneurship” and “Social Enterprise” are very similar concepts. However, YSE focuses on development of young people through the integration of positive youth development, community engagement, and workforce readiness through some type of core business enterprise that engages youth in the operation. Social Enterprises reinvest their profits back into their host organization for the purpose of tackling social problems, helping the environment, and generally supporting their community.
  • What else does Tree Trust do?

    The Tree Trust Community Forestry Department works with municipalities to plant and distribute trees throughout the Twin Cities metro and greater Minnesota. In 2017, over 3,200 trees were planted and distributed through Tree Trust’s network and over 600 volunteers assisted in these efforts. 
  • Are the financials of Tree Trust and Tree Trust Landscape Services reviewed externally?

    Yes. The entire company is subject to intense financial scrutiny, including annual audits by independent firms. Tree Trust has earned a GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency rating, and meets all accountability standards with the Charities Review Council.
  • How can I get more information?

    Our most recent IRS Form 990 can be found on the Annual Report section of our website. Please call our office if you have any further questions.