We offer a limited number of FREE trees each year to community members for planting on private property through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy Program. Since 2017, we've given out 3,500 trees to over 2,000 community members in 10 municipalities. This program has been made possible by our partners. Funding for 2023 and 2024 will be provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic will be prioritized as Community Canopy partners.
How It Works
Community Canopy uses a research-based, easy-to-use online mapping tool that takes the guesswork out of tree planting site selection. By entering simple information about a home and yard, the tool calculates where to strategically plant trees for the greatest cooling, energy, and money saving benefits.
2023 Tree Giveaway Program
Residents of the following communities are eligible for the fall 2023 program:
- Rutland (city and town)
Pick up Events
Trees must be reserved in advance and picked up at the following locations.
Tuesday, September 19, 3-6pm at the Vermont Farmers Food Center (251 West Street).
Saturday, September 23, 10am-12pm at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works (211 Fairground Rd.)
Trees are container grown and will be 4-6 feet tall. Learn more about each of the five species available below:
9/11/23 update: Basswood is the only tree species left to be reserved for Rutland and Brattleboro.
Register for your trees at the link below.
Having trouble with registration? Place your order over the phone with the Arbor Day Foundation at 855-234-3801.
When planted properly, a single mature tree can save a homeowner up to 20% on energy costs. For homes without air conditioning, shade trees can make the home feel cooler during summer heat. Planting trees can also:
Reduce a homeowner’s carbon footprint
Improve air quality
Reduce stormwater runoff
Provide food and shelter for wildlife
- Add to a home’s property value
About The Program: Planting For Impact
Using research from the Vermont Department of Health, we selected partner communities in Vermont that are most vulnerable to heat-related illness. These areas have high densities of exposed asphalt and rooftops but limited tree cover. As a result, residents in these areas can spend more money to cool their homes, and those without air conditioning can be at greater risk for heat illnesses.
See the cumulative impact report below from 2017- spring 2023.
Past partner communities include: Bradford, Brattleboro, Bennington, Barre, Burlington, Lyndon, Newport City, St. Albans, Rutland, Windsor.
This program is made possible by the Arbor Day Foundation, the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, and the Vermont Department of Health’s Climate & Health Program.
Let’s work together to harness the power of trees to conserve energy, cool communities, and save money.
For more information on this program, contact Gwen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-656-7638.