Tree Programs

Tree Reforestation Environmental Enhancement (TREE) Program

Residents interested in planting a tree in a right-of-way adjacent to their property must first contact the City Forester. If a suitable planting site exists, the Forester will discuss the attributes of the most appropriate tree or trees and issue a planting permit. The resident may then shop around on their own and purchase any nursery grade tree approved by the City Forester and either plant it themselves, hire a nurseryman or landscaper to plant it or request to have the Forestry Division plant it for them. Residents who choose to plant the tree themselves will be provided written planting instructions and requirements that must be followed by whomever they hire. The tree will be inspected and when all requirements have been met, the City will reimburse the resident 50% of the cost of the tree up to $50 per tree planted. In lieu of reimbursement, residents who obtained a planting permit and purchased a tree approved by the City Forester may arrange for the Forestry Division to plant it. The City will dig the hole, plant and spread wood chips around the new tree. Planting under the option is restricted to the months of April, May, September, and October.

TREE Program Application


Memorial Tree Program

The Memorial Tree Program was established to encourage tree donations to honor, memorialize or celebrate  a special person, place or event. Memorial Tree Donations are accepted any time of the year, however, trees will be planted during the appropriate planting season. Monetary donations are also accepted as a part of this program and will be used for future parks projects. 

A completed form will need to be sent to our parks department for review, then our team will stay in contact with you to coordinate species and placement of your tree. Please call 319-753-8117 for more information on this program or to make a donation.

Parks Memorial Policy (PDF)
Memorial Donations Tree/Bench Form (PDF)




  1. Forestry

    Physical Address
    400 Washington Street
    Burlington, IA 52601

  2. Ryan Gourley

    Parks Superintendent
    Phone: 319-753-8117

  3. Patrick Moore

    City Forester
    Phone: 319-753-8140

  4. Jessica Gerling

    Project Coordinator
    Phone: 319-753-8131