NeighborWoods Tree Planting Program Overview
NeighborWoods is a cooperative project that combines the efforts of private businesses, individual citizens, and city government to plant thousands of street trees without depending solely on city tax money or federal grant money. The program is based on the rationale that the government can facilitate tree planting by working with businesses (who pay for the trees) and citizens (who plant and water the trees) rather than being the direct provider of tree planting. This way, people who want trees and are willing to plant and maintain them will receive direct benefit from the trees. This is contrary to the usual model in which the city pays for the purchase, planting, and maintenance of a tree in a park.
Program Mission: To purchase trees with donations from local businesses and coordinate with residential homeowners to plant and water trees in the right of way in front of homes in order to increase the beauty, comfort and property values of Round Rock neighborhoods while saving energy and shading streets.
How does it work? NeighborWoods enables the City to economically plant trees along neighborhood streets (within the city limits) by providing citizens with trees to plant in their front yards. The Forestry Division will coordinate the project by selecting planting sites and notifying residents that they are eligible for a free street tree. The Urban Forestry Division will deliver the tree and provide planting and maintenance instructions to the resident.
A simple step-by-step process:
- Find sponsors
- Locate suitable neighborhood areas (usually older neighborhoods) for planting along the street.
- Place small flag on site and door hanger flyer to explain the program in order to alert homeowner of free tree possibility.
- Resident completes flyer: chooses type of tree, agrees to plant and water tree for two years, returns completed card to Forestry Division.
- Delivery date decided upon, confirmation notice mailed to participating resident.
- Trees are delivered. Each homeowner will receive packet with planting and water information.
- Periodic checks on progress of trees by Arborist.