Each year, the Forestry Division plants approximately 400 new trees on parkways citywide.
Parkway Tree Planting
Sadly, the City of Evanston has been losing trees at a high rate due to extenuating circumstances such as Dutch Elm Disease, Emerald Ash Borer infestation, storm damage, etc., in City parkways, parks, and greenways. The Parkway Tree Planting program is designed to replace those lost trees in a way that is good forestry practice to help maintain our Urban Forest. Residences that have lost trees in the parkway adjacent to their homes are on a list to have trees replanted. Our goal is to replant lost trees within 2-3 years after the loss of the tree. These trees are free to residents and have been hand selected by City Certified Arborists . To ensure the right tree is planted in the right place, not all sites where trees once stood are good locations for new trees. (The site could have interference from overhead wires, underground utilities, line-of-sight, size of the parkway, etc.)
Once a replacement site is approved, the site is placed on a future planting list. After inspecting the site and determining trees available from the tree nurseries, staff arborists will list two to three tree species from the approved list that can be planted.
A letter is sent to the property owner adjacent to the planting site. These letters typically are mailed in March for spring planting and in August for fall planting. The letter explains the planting process and time line, and includes a form listing the possible tree species for their parkway. Descriptions of each tree species are also included to help residents make an informed choice. On this form, the resident is able to choose not only the tree species, but in some cases, may choose to pay to upgrade the tree size, if available.
Tree Replant Express Program
Residents have the option to purchase their own parkway tree from the City of Evanston and the City will plant it during the next planting season without having to wait through the 2-3 year waiting list. Residents only pay for the cost of the tree, which the City will then plant using either City staff or an outside contractor.
This program is being offered due to numerous requests from residents, and helps all community members have trees replanted in a more efficient manner, regardless of whether or not they sign up for this service. Since Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive beetle, has devastated more than 3,000 Evanston trees since 2006, the City of Evanston's Forestry Division has had to spend more human and financial resources removing trees rather than replanting them. But with your help, we can change that. The more residents that sign up for this program, the more trees Evanston can purchase for this growing season and the faster all Evanston residents will have their trees replaced.
Donate to Help Plant Trees in Evanston
By donating to the I Heart Evanston Trees campaign, you will be supporting the growth of our urban forest and will provide a number of great benefits to our community’s natural environment which can be enjoyed by wildlife and citizens alike. All donations are tax-deductible.
Contact the Forestry Division
If you have questions about tree replacement, the Tree Replant Express program, the I Heart Evanston Trees campaign, or other general Forestry inquiries, please contact 311 (847-448-4311 outside of Evanston).