TreeFund

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Vancouver's Tree Refund Program

Every tree planted in Vancouver increases neighborhood livability, adds to the values of our homes, decreases stormwater runoff, and reduces our energy costs. Plant a tree and receive a refund for improving your community.

For a greener Vancouver

The 2011 city of Vancouver tree canopy study found a loss of almost 300 acres of tree canopy on residential property in just seven years. Two-thirds of Vancouver is privately owned or managed, and it's where there is the greatest potential to grow.

The TreeFund program encourages the planting of quality trees that will benefit our community long into the future. TreeFund is made possible by the city Tree Account where donations, penalties, and mitigation funds are deposited so that trees can be planted throughout the city. No General Fund monies are allocated to the program.

Plant a tree and receive a 50% refund, up to $50, for up to 5 trees per lot. Sign up for COV Utility eBilling at the same time and receive up to $100 back on your first tree.

How TreeFund works

Yard Tree Refund

1. Visit the Urban forestry web site to view a list of appropriate TreeFund yard trees.

2. Visit your local nursery, purchase your tree, and properly plant it in your yard within the City of Vancouver, WA.

3. Save your receipt. Complete your application form and submit by mail to:

City of Vancouver Urban Forestry
PO Box 1995
Vancouver WA, 98668

4. City staff will visit the tree at your site and you will receive your refund by mail.

Street Tree Refund

1. Apply for a street tree work permit prior to purchasing your tree. City staff will measure your right-of-way and assign you an appropriate list of trees to plant along your street.

2. Visit your local nursery, purchase your tree, and plant it in the approved location.

3. Save your receipt. Complete your application and submit by mail to:

City of Vancouver Urban Forestry
PO Box 1995
Vancouver, WA 98668

4. City staff will visit the tree at your site and you will receive your refund by mail.

Planting size

To be eligible for a TreeFund, your new tree must be at least 1.5 inches in diameter at the time of planting.

To determine the diameter of your tree, hold up a ruler to the trunk to determine the size.

Eligible Trees

♦ Planted at a residential or commercial property within the City of Vancouver

♦ At least 1.5 inches in diameter when measured 6 inches above the soil line.

♦ Must be 6-feet tall at time of planting if tree is a broadleaf, or 4-feet tall if a needle tree. Measurement is from the soil line to top of tree.

♦ Planted with space to reach full mature size.

♦ Examples of eligible species include:

  • Douglas fir
  • Garry Oak
  • 'Autumn Gold' Ginkgo
  • Bigleaf Maple
  • Tuliptree
  • Incense Cedar

For a complete list of eligible trees, visit the tree selection list.

Ineligible trees

Ø Trees planted outside City of Vancouver limits

Ø Trees not meeting planting size requirements.

Ø Trees planted with Friends of Trees

Ø Trees planted to satisfy mitigation or development requirements

Ø Any tree not on the approved planting list

Planting your tree

It's important to plant your tree properly to make sure it survives, and thrives. View the guidelines below and view this website for a detailed description of planting your new tree.

♦ Plant your tree during the rainy season, typically November through March.

♦ Make sure to remove all tree packaging before planting, including twine, burlap, tape, and metal.

♦ Plant only as deep as your trees root flare -this is where the first major root emerges from the trunk.

♦ Water your tree 15 gallons per week during the dry months, typically May through October. End weekly irrigation after the third summer.

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