Trees for Omaha
Trees for Omaha is a partnership between Keep Omaha Beautiful, the City’s Parks & Recreation Department, and the Nebraska Forest Service. The program was developed in response to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle, which was officially discovered in Omaha in June 2016 and will decimate our community’s ash trees over the next seven to ten years (nearly 15% of the city’s trees).
The goal is to plant a diverse stock of several thousand native trees in Omaha parks and right-of way (ROW) spaces in order to address the loss of ash trees due to the EAB and to improve the resilience of the city’s tree canopy and withstand future invasive pests. Over the next couple of years, tree planting projects will rotate around the city to areas most in need.
As of January 2020, we have planted over 1,900 trees throughout 36 Omaha parks.
For more information about the Trees for Omaha program, click on the links below.
Support Our Efforts
There are many ways to support the Trees for Omaha program. Consider donating or volunteering today.
Up to this point, Keep Omaha Beautiful has raised $800,000 from the community to help fund the program.
This includes $500,000 from a private donor, $150,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, and $150,000 collectively from the Arbor Day Foundation, Claire M. Hubbard Foundation, FedEx, Giger Foundation, Hy-Vee, International Paper, Mayors Community Services Fund, Metropolitan Utilities District, Lozier Foundation, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, Peter Kiewit Foundation, Omaha Suburban Rotary, Tyson, and individuals throughout the community.
Please consider donating to this program to help us plant more trees. Donations of any amount help.
Given the scale of our program, most of the plantings are completed by a contractor; however, we also conduct periodic volunteer-based tree plantings each spring and fall. If you are interested in helping plant, please complete the interest form.
Thank you to our Trees For Omaha sponsors, and community members who donated to this program.