Urban Tree Canopy Project

We want to expand the tree canopy over developed areas in the District.

A more diverse and healthy urban tree canopy will help us take action against climate change and increase biodiversity and wildlife habitat.   

That's why we've developed the Urban Tree Canopy Project, a new program to allow residential property owners to help us increase the tree canopy in the District.

About the program

Starting in summer 2021, District residential property owners can participate in this program, including those in single-family and multi-family homes. If you live in a multi-family or rental home, you will need to seek approval from the homeowner, strata corporation, property manager, or other, as appropriate.

District staff will be available to help homeowners choose and maintain the right tree for their property. Registration and tree species selection will take place during July, with a goal of having the trees available for planting in fall 2021.

Funds from the environmental compensation fee account will be used to run the program.

Have a question? Email us at iwantatree@dnv.org

Benefits of urban trees

Expanding the urban forest canopy provides many environmental and health benefits, including:

  • Providing shade and temperature regulation for nearby buildings
  • Capturing and storing carbon
  • Intercepting and absorbing rain, which reduces runoff into the storm sewer system 
  • Stabilizing soils
  • Providing food and shelter for wildlife and habitat connectivity
  • Filtering air pollutants
  • Improving mental and physical well-being 

Selecting the right tree

Learn more about the native tree species offered and whether the tree is suitable for your yard.

Register now for your free tree 

Please fill out the form below to register to receive up to two free trees.

About you
Your tree selection

Please select the type of tree you want

You can choose two different trees, two trees of the same species, or a single tree.

Please note the tree species selections are subject to availability, and substitutions may be necessary.

*Due to the high volume of demand, there is a limit of one Western Flowering Dogwood per order, effective July 16.

Was this page helpful?

Thanks for your input.