Plant a Tree

How to Plant a Tree

The Forestry Division performs many tree planting functions on public lands. With prior approval from the city Forester, property owners may plant trees in the boulevard. Property owners must submit a Tree Planting Permit (PDF) to Parks and Recreation at least 5 working days before planting.

Property owners may choose a species from the Approved Street Tree List (PDF) for planting in the City right-of-way. Citizens who wish to volunteer to maintain traffic circles on residential streets should consult the Approved Traffic Circle Plant List (PDF). Please do not purchase or plant any vegetation in the city right-of-way without contacting the Urban Forester at 552-6270. 

Effective Fall 2020, the Cost Share and Dedication Tree programs have been temporarily suspended while we prioritize the completion of our 2020-2021 tree planting program. We will be planting hundreds of new trees next year in neighborhoods throughout the City and on City open space.

We plan to reinstate these programs by the Fall of 2021. Cost Share and Dedication trees are an important part of Missoula’s urban forest.  We will use this time to reevaluate and redesign the programs so they better meet the needs of residents and the Urban Forestry Division. We will be looking at ways to improve planting success and climate resiliency and to target areas where the need for equity and urban canopy replacement is greatest.

If you have previously purchased a new Cost Share or Dedication tree, your request will be honored in the 2021 planting season. 

Property owners are welcome to purchase and plant a tree in their adjacent boulevard, after securing a permit from the Urban Forestry Division. Learn more

Question or concerns? Please email us at or phone the Urban Forestry Specialist at 552-6270.

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