About Us

In 1976, the Twin Cities faced two pressing problems: 1) high unemployment, and 2) devastation of the tree canopy, due to rampant Dutch elm disease. Our founders recognized an opportunity: first to remove dead elm trees, and then to plant new trees, all while providing jobs to those in need. This opportunity created Tree Trust. After 45 years in operation, our programs have evolved to meet the ongoing needs of the community, while always transforming lives and landscapes.

Our mission is to transform lives and landscapes by engaging people to build skills for meaningful careers, inspiring people to plant trees, and making our community a greener, healthier place to live.

Our vision is a thriving workforce living on a healthy planet.

Core Focus Areas
Tree Trust has three core focus areas that guide our work every day and inform how we best serve our community:

  • Pathways to Careers: We equip people to achieve family-supporting, skilled trade, green careers to create economic opportunity and equity.
  • Planting Trees: We are committed to planting trees to grow a vibrant and resilient urban forest.
  • Partnership: Our model of work is collaborative – with each other, with our community partners, and with the people we serve.

Learn more about us in the video below.