Community Application

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 fall planting season.


Trees must be planted in public spaces such as parks, schools, churches and along public roadway easements within northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan Watershed (MAP). Eligible applicants include municipalities, schools, churches, conservation organizations and other public entities.

Time Line

Application Due Date:  Friday, August 2, 2019

Anticipated Notice of Award Date:  Friday, August 23, 2019

Anticipated Tree Planting & Care Workshop and tree pick up date: third week of September, 2019


Forms:  PDF (fillable)  | WORD

Applications may be submitted electronically to Joe Exl at Please include organization name followed by CommuniTree Fall 2019 Application in the subject line. (Example: Lake County SWCD CommuniTree Fall 2018 Application)

Alternatively, applications can be mailed to:

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
ATTN: Joe Exl
6100 Southport Rd.
Portage, IN 46368

Tree Maintenance Agreement

The first three years following planting are critical to the tree’s establishment and health. Applicants receiving trees must agree to a two-year water program. The trees generally need to be watered on a weekly basis, 5-15 gallons per tree depending on soils, during the growing season. Extended drought conditions may require a third year for establishment. Two to four inches of mulch needs to be applied at planting and checked each year. Click the following link to download a copy of the USDA Forest Service Tree Owner’s Manual for more information on tree planting and maintenance.

Program Goal & Funding

The CommuniTree Program goal is to plant at least 1,500 native trees by fall 2020 to help offset urban tree canopy loss from emerald ash borer. Funding for this project is made possible through a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant awarded to the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission by the USDA Forest Service.