Green Futures

Since 2008, the Green Futures program creates greener futures for communities throughout the Twin Cities metro.

This initiative has added thousands of trees and is increasing due to the onset of emerald ash borer (EAB) and the imminent loss of 2,000,000 trees in the coming years. Through this program, Tree Trust raises awareness of EAB, advocates innovative solutions to homeowners, and helps communities plant more trees and more hope for a brighter, greener future for generations to come.

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Did You Know?

  • There are nearly a billion ash trees in the state of Minnesota. Ash trees typically compose 20-30% of a community’s tree cover.
  • The emerald ash borer will kill all untreated ash trees – as already demonstrated in other states.
  • The loss of thousands of ash trees to a community will have a negative effect on air quality, stormwater management, energy savings, property values, aesthetics, and many other factors.
Adding trees to Minneapolis with Green Futures

You Can Make a Difference

Not all hope is lost with Minnesota’s ash tree story.
In 2021, we are dedicated to adding 6,000 more trees to the urban canopy – but we need your help!

Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, every gift to the Green Futures Program is matched, so your gift goes twice as far! When you donate $125, your gift is doubled and one more tree is added to our urban canopy. This covers the cost to purchase, plant, and maintain a well-established tree, giving it the care it needs to grow into a life-sustaining resource for generations to come.

Help us plant trees for a more vibrant and resilient urban forest.

Donate to Green Futures

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 planting trees to grow a vibrant and resilient urban forest. These volunteers are trained in proper planting techniques to help ensure trees are planted properly.

Details and Application Process for Municipalities

Becoming a Green Futures planting site is an opportunity to grow a vibrant and resilient urban forest. It’s also a great way to gain exposure, introduce members from the community to your site or organization, and provide an opportunity for concerned citizens to actively participate in improving their local environment for generations to come.

Apply Now to Tree Trust’s Green Futures Program

“Tree Trust is an incredible organization to work with on tree planting initiatives. In my community, Tree Trust helped to properly plant 46 new trees along our signature street in one day! My community was fortunate to benefit from such a well-orchestrated tree planting event. Urban Foresters dream of opportunities like the Green Futures Program. I am glad I realized that the opportunity was real and all I had to do is say “yes”. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers at Tree Trust. I look forward to working with you again in the near future”

– Chris Larson, City Forester Oakdale Public Works

We look forward to working together
for a greener Twin Cities!

Questions about our Green Futures Program?

Email Community Forestry

952-767-3880