By having the resources to plant more trees in your community, your city or town can improve storm resiliency, reduce stormwater runoff, improve air quality, reduce air conditioning costs, and improve the community’s aesthetics, while promoting economic development. Establishing a tree fund allows the costs associated with planting these storm-resistant trees to be passed on to those willing to donate funds. Any municipality can create a Tree Fund by simply adopting a local ordinance.
How to establish a Tree Fund in your city:
Step 1: LEARN. Watch our Citizen Legislator Lesson and download our Citizen Legislator Participation Guide.
Step 2: PREPARE. Get ready for your presentation by downloading our Tree Fund Presentation Kit which includes a sample OPRA Request, sample Presentation Statement, and an Advisory Policy Memo. And make sure to reach out and build support through friends, family, social media, and local media!
Step 3: PRESENT. Download the Model Ordinance and make an official presentation to your local governing body.
Step 4: FOLLOW UP! Officials have a lot on their plates, so it’s up to you to follow-up and make sure your proposal doesn’t get lost in the shuffle! Attend council meetings, email, and call officials if you don’t get an adequate response (but always be respectful!). And if you continue to hit roadblocks? Request a coach from The Citizens Campaign to help you out.