Planting Hope Tree Recovery Frequently Asked Questions

How will my donation be spent?

Your donations will replant trees in public areas, create a tree adoption program for private property tree planting (including farms) and help Trees Forever provide the expert technical assistance to individuals and communities.

Can I count on the money raised going to plant trees in my town?

Unrestricted donations for areas hardest hit are especially critical right now. However, if you wish to direct all or a portion of your donation to a specific community, please note that in the Comments section of the online donation form.

Tell me about Trees Forever’s history and financial management.

For more than 30 years, Trees Forever has been a respected and expert partner in tree planting. We’ve planted more than 3 million trees across the Midwest. We have a long history of  working with communities and rural landowners to get trees in the ground. Our staff possesses deep expertise in arboriculture (tree health), landscape architecture, environmental science and community engagement. Trees Forever has received Guidestar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition, by providing full transparent financial information. We are a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and abide by the Donor Bill of Rights. Your treasured support goes to work right away growing more trees in the Midwest.

I have a question about the long-term health of a tree in my yard (or down the street or in my city’s park). Can you help?

Our team of experts will do our best! First, we always recommend contacting a certified arborist to make a full assessment of your tree, its health, and any risk posed by the tree. A certified arborist in your area can be found on the International Society of Arboriculture’s website. Trees Forever staff is available for “light assessments” of tree health in your town (i.e. we can make simple tree risk assessments, but recommend professional tree services or consultants make full and final assessment if a tree should come down). You can also review our factsheets on recovering from natural disasters. Our staff can also talk with you about long-range planting plans and next steps for planting trees in your community or rural area. 

I lost a tree in my yard. Can Trees Forever help me with a replacement?

Trees Forever is working to develop a tree adoption program through Planting Hope and our partner communities to offer landscape-quality trees at minimal cost ($25-$35) for individual property owners. For those not able to afford the cost, accommodations will be made. Stay up-to-date on our social media and website for more information as we move forward!

I’m ready to volunteer! Where can I help?

Thanks for being there with us! First, we recommend that you check with friends or family if they need help removing tree debris or contact your local city officials to see if they need assistance. Once clean-up is done, we’ll be shovel-ready to plant trees this fall. Please head over to our contact page, provide your information and select “volunteering.” We’ll contact you with volunteer opportunities in your area. During the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, all public health requirements are being followed at Trees Forever plantings.

I have a different question.

This page is evolving as more questions come in. If we haven't answered your specific question yet, contact us here and we will get back to you with the answer.