Since 2005, the Community Tree Recovery program has been assisting homeowners to rebuild the tree canopies in communities which have been affected by storms, floods, fires, and insects.
To date, more than 5 million trees have been distributed through this program, at no charge to the homeowners. In partnership with the Community Tree Recovery/Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska Extension, and the Peter Kiewit Foundation, the City of Columbus will be offering this program to local residents.
Applications may be picked up at City Hall, and must be submitted by October 7, 2020. Applicants will be given the opportunity to choose from a list of available trees. Trees will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
- Trees can only be planted on city right-of-way or in front of or on the side of your home along the street.
- Trees cannot be planted in backyards or on the side of your home that isn’t adjacent to a street.
- If planted in the city right-of-way, there must be at least 8 feet between the curb of the street and edge of the sidewalk.
- Trees can be planted no closer than 4 feet from a sidewalk, driveway, or street. Trees shall be planted at least 30 feet from a street corner. There must be at least 25 feet between trees, and trees must be at least 10 feet from a fire hydrant.
- Trees cannot be planted under overhead utility lines.
You will receive a small flag to place in your yard where you would like to plant the tree. City staff will inspect the site to make sure the location meets all the criteria before granting approval. You will be contacted if your site is approved to inform you of where to pick up your tree.
It will be your responsibility to properly plant and maintain the tree.