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Apply Now For Your FREE Tree – Fall ReLeaf 2020

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Apply Now For Your FREE Tree – Fall ReLeaf 2020

Applications are open for Cincinnati residents to receive a free tree! For the last 32 years, Cincinnati Parks’ Fall ReLeaf program has grown, improved and sustained the canopy coverage of our city. The highly successful effort has given away 20,000 free trees consisting of more than 40 species.

New this year, in an effort to further expand urban canopy and increase tree coverage on private properties in the city of Cincinnati, backyard planting is now permitted.

This year’s program was made possible by our generous sponsors, MadTree Brewing and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation. Their support allows us to provide these free “madtrees” to Cincinnati property owners at no cost.

The Fall ReLeaf program was established to provide shade trees for homeowners whose curb lawns were too narrow for tree planting or for those with overhead utility lines. The program has blossomed to include community and school involvement, a more diverse tree species selection and backyard planting.

Interested in participating for 2020? Click the links below to learn more about the trees and register online for consideration. Applications will be considered for as long as trees are available or until the end of September.

2020 Fall Releaf Tree Selection Sheet

Online Registration Form

The Park Board’s Urban Forestry division works diligently to bring each residential neighborhood up to 40% tree canopy coverage to help improve the impacts of air pollution, urban heat island effect, residential energy demands, and storm water management. Just one large canopy deciduous tree, such as an oak or sycamore, can help control 400 to 1,000 gallons of stormwater through canopy interception. This benefits homeowners by adding shade, beauty, reducing soil erosion, and managing flooding from rainfall.

Our new sponsor, MadTree Brewing, seeks to connect people to nature and to each other. They are beyond excited to partner with the Cincinnati Parks Fall ReLeaf program in making a direct, positive impact on their Oakley neighborhood, which is currently below the 40% tree canopy coverage goal for each neighborhood in Cincinnati. They embrace their namesake and work to celebrate and protect nature while reducing their impact on the environment. They are proud members of 1% for the Planet, with a commitment to donate 1% of sales to non-profits focused on environmental sustainability. MadTree Brewing. Inspiring Madness. Rooted In Purpose.

Cincinnati Parks Foundation is the official philanthropic partner of Cincinnati Parks and was founded in 1995. Cincinnati Parks Foundation is committed to building broad-based private and public partnerships supporting the conservation and enhancement of our city’s parks and greenspaces. For more information, visit cincinnatiparksfoundation.org

Last years’ trees went quickly, so don’t wait. All residents, and especially those in neighborhoods with the lowest tree canopy, are encouraged to grab your free “madtree” today. Help us meet our goals and improve our urban environment. Target neighborhoods below 40% tree canopy goal include:

  • Avondale (35%)
  • Bond Hill (28%)
  • Camp Washington (16%)
  • Carthage (24%)
  • Coryville (11%)
  • East End (31%)
  • Evanston (38%)
  • Hartwell (30%)
  • Hyde Park (30%)
  • Linwood (32%)
  • Lower Price Hill (21%)
  • Mount Auburn (31%)
  • Oakley (34%)
  • Pleasant Ridge (33%)
  • Queensgate (13%)
  • Roselawn (33%)
  • Walnut Hills (34%)
  • Westend (14%)

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