***Registration for the Foster-A-Tree program has closed until Fall 2020.

This program is a partnership between the City of Edmond Urban Forestry Department and Edmond residents or neighborhoods. As availability allows,the City will plant a tree in the right-of-way along your property. You just need to commit to helping take care of the new tree --Urban Forestry will also provide a Treegator irrigation bag to make watering easy.

Why is the City of Edmond offering to plant these trees?

Urban Forestry sometimes has to remove trees that are dead or a high risk to public safety around town.  We vow to replant at least one tree for every one removed through the Street Tree Risk Management program, to maintain urban forest health. The Foster-A-Tree program helps Urban Forestry to go far beyond this goal in enhancing tree canopy in Edmond.

Where can foster trees be planted?

  • Inside of Edmond city limits, on public streets only.
  • Within the public right-of-way, which is close to the street
  • Where they will have space to mature without causing conflict with utilities, other trees, and infrastructure.

How does this benefit my community and me?

  • Purchasing and planting a tree can be expensive and labor intensive. Foster-A-Tree reduces your out-of-pocket cost (all you need to supply is the water!) and the planting is done for you.
  • Energy savings, increased property values, traffic calming effects, and many other tree benefits may be experienced.
  • Your foster tree will be pruned the 3rd and 6th years after planting for optimal tree form.
  • Participants directly contribute to the tree benefits experienced throughout Edmond!

What will the Urban Forestry Department do?

  • Identify eligible planting spots and provide a list of available tree species for you to choose from.
  • Plant up to one tree per residence every two years, as long as planting space and program availability allow. (If you are a neighborhood group you can receive up to five trees – see below)
  • Contact OKIE for locating and marking of all underground utilities.
  • Purchase and plant the tree. All trees will be planted within the public right-of-way.
  • Perform training pruning to improve tree structure during the 3rd and 6th years after planting.

What must the participant do?

  • Complete the online registration form once registration opens in the fall.
  • Commit to the full two year term of the Foster-A-Tree Agreement, which includes hand watering and basic maintenance according to the Foster-A-Tree Maintenance Guide.
  • Protect the tree from damage by lawn maintenance equipment, pets, construction, or anything else that could cause the tree unnecessary harm.
  • Understand that only ONE tree per property may be planted; however, after the two year agreement period has passed, participants may sign up again!

Can My Neighborhood Sign Up to Receive Foster Trees?

  • Yes! Neighborhood foster trees can go in the right-of-way adjacent to a common area, in a median or along a neighborhood entrance, or any area where lawn maintenance is managed by the neighborhood association.
  • A maximum of five trees are available to neighborhoods per maintenance agreement (two years).
  • As with individual participants, all neighborhood foster trees must be planted in the public right-of-way.
  • When using the registration form for a neighborhood group, be sure to make note of the association's name in the form.