West Virginia Division of Forestry
In-kind grants to West Virginia government agencies, schools, nonprofit civic organizations, and local businesses to plant trees on public lands throughout the state. This program provides tree seedlings free of charge for planting projects involving: rest areas, park and rides, interstates, public parks, highways, city streets, schools, and municipal property.
1. To encourage volunteers and municipalities to become more involved with community forestry and tree planting projects.
2. To provide a low-cost alternative to other grant programs requiring matching funds.
3. To strengthen and support existing comprehensive tree care programs in larger communities and cities.
4. To encourage the initiation and development of comprehensive tree care programs in smaller communities.
General Information and Requirements:
1. All trees must be planted on public land in West Virginia.
2. Volunteers and paid employees may plant the trees.
3. All participants must maintain the project in good condition for at least three years after completion at their expense.
The following species are available this spring: silky dogwood, redbud, sugar maple, red oak, white oak, Thank-you (English) oak, black walnut, black cherry, river birch, sycamore, and white pine. Only silky dogwood and redbud are suitable for planting near overhead utility lines. Trees will be delivered bare-root and require immediate planting to prevent drying. Height of seedlings will vary from 1 foot to 2 feet.
The trees will require some care and maintenance during and after the planting process.
1. Store in a cool place until planting and do not allow roots to dry out.
2. Do not plant too deeply. Upper roots should be just under ground surface.
3. Dig hole large enough to accommodate entire root system.
4. Back fill and tamp to avoid air spaces.
5. Water trees immediately after planting and at least once a week for the entire growing season.
6. Prune all dead or damaged limbs back to the next branch fork.
7. Staking may be necessary for some trees. Use a wide cloth strip to secure tree to stake. Do not use wire or string. Remove stakes and supports after one growing season.
8. Trees must be protected from mowing and trimming. Trees should be mulched at time of planting and every consecutive year. Plastic, flexible drain pipe can be split and placed around trees for additional protection.
GrantWatch ID#: 178463
The maximum number of trees that can be requested by an applicant is 300. Applicants may not request more than 50 trees of a single species.
Additionally, it is important to make sure the quantity of trees requested is compatible with the size of the planting site and number of planters available. For street plantings, trees should be spaced between 20 feet and 40 feet apart depending on species. The trees will need to be planted within a very few days of delivery.
Please order only the number of trees needed. Quantities will be regulated and species substituted to meet availability.
Orders must be in multiples of ten for each species.
Projects may occur in Spring (February 1 deadline) or Fall (July 1 deadline).
Nonprofit civic organizations, municipalities, businesses, and schools are encouraged to participate.
Any government entity, civic organization or local business may apply for this program.
Trees may not be sold or given away for other uses.
All applicants must obtain prior approval for their planting plans from the public entity owning and/or managing the property.
Staff will be available for technical assistance, species selection advice and to suggest planting sites.
The application and agreement must be returned by March 23, 2018.
Trees will be delivered to one of the West Virginia Division of Forestry Offices, listed in Appendix B, during late March and early April. Applicants will need to make arrangements to pick up their trees at one of these locations. Applicants will be notified of the pickup date in late March.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Robert Hannah, Urban Forestry Coordinator
Division of Forestry
Urban and Community Forestry
P.O. Box 40
Farmington, WV 26571
USA: West Virginia