:: Tree Planning and Planting Campaigns

Plan and plant your urban forest to reduce stormwater, cool your community, improve health, restore habitat and promote social equity!

Get GIC's latest guide here to learn all about how urban tree canopy can be mapped, learn about the benefits that trees provide, convince your community to take action and set goals and improve community health.

Get the Tree Planning and Planting Guide here.

Tree Campaign Guide

GIC can provide communities with tree canopy maps, planting plans, budgets, estimates for ecosystem benefits provided by trees, community workshops and forums and strategic plans for urban forests, storm planning or resiliency. Contact GIC for pricing or to partner together to raise funds to support your urban forest. But first, do read our free Tree Planting and Planting guide which offers advice based on decades of GIC's experience working in communities nationwide and inspirational stories for communities who are restoring and reclaiming their urban forests. 

As part of creating the guide, GIC also studied 12 communities to demonstrate how trees can be used to make cities cooler and more equitable so that everyone has access to shade during hot days. Making cities cooler is important not just for comfort, but also for avoiding health impacts from excessive heat which greatly impacts younger children, the elderly and those who work outdoor jobs. GIC also found that tree canopy tended to be far lower in low income and minority communities. Section 3 of the above linked guide to tree campaigns also has key statistics and findings from the 12-community study. Below are fact sheets with examples for how urban heating data can be used to inform where to plant trees for improved health and equity.

GIC's Richmond coordinator Mac Brown thanks both sponsors and the community for for their help in a stream buffer planting campaign in Richmond.

Download fact sheets for the case studies on Urban Heating and Tree Canopies for the following communities:

More GIC publications on tree ordinances, conservation subdivision design, green infrastructure plans and past presentations can be found here: http://www.gicinc.org/resources.htm

For additional resources on tree planting in the Chesapeake Bay Region please visit: https://chesapeaketrees.net/; or for more on urban forest management see https://www.vibrantcitieslab.com/

You can also download the following:

  • Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning Workbook HERE
  • The Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning Template HERE
  • The Storm Ready Brochure HERE
  • The Alexandria Case Study HERE

Matt Lee,
Community Landscape Forester


The Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning Workbook. Download HERE

Alexandria Case Study

Alexandria Case Study. Download HERE

Children helping plant trees.

Watering newly planted trees.

Studying a map of tree cover and storm damage.