The Green Futures fund has been creating greener futures for Twin Cities metro communities since 2008. Since its inception, this initiative has added 1,125 trees to the Twin Cities environment, and is increasing in importance due to the onset of emerald ash borer and the imminent loss of 2,000,000 trees in the metro in coming years. Unfortunately, most cities don’t consider trees part of their infrastructure so they don’t budget much to add trees to their canopy or to replace trees which are lost due to pests, storms, or disease.
How the Green Futures Program Works
- Tree Trust will coordinate community plantings of 50 or more trees with interested municipalities in public parks or recreation areas (not private property). Plantings will occur in the spring and fall, and trees will be six- to eight-foot, well-established trees (not saplings).
- Community tree plantings are fueled by volunteers who are passionate about creating a community impact. These volunteers are trained in proper planting techniques to help ensure trees are planted properly.
- Contributions from individuals and community groups designated to the Green Futures Fund are matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous anonymous donor. Every $85 donated and matched provides another tree.
Thank you for your support of a greener future for our Twin Cities!
Details and Application Process for Municipalities
Becoming a Green Futures planting site is an opportunity to improve your park or recreation area. It’s also a great way to gain exposure, introduce members from the community to your organization/site, and provide an opportunity for concerned citizens to actively participate in improving their local environment. Find more details and the application form by clicking “Apply Now!”
If you have further questions, please contact Director of Community Forestry Karen Zumach via email or at (952) 767-3886. We look forward to working together for a greener Twin Cities!