Thank you for your interest in the Village’s Native Tree & Shrub Planting Cost-Share Program.  An Ecological Consultation and approval from the Village Ecologist is required prior to applying for the Native Tree & Shrub Planting Program. Canopy & subcanopy thinning and/or invasive shrub removal may also be required before planting native trees & shrubs to promote survival.   In the attachments below you will find the Application and complete program summary.  Please read all requirements carefully and complete the checklist before submitting your completed application. The applicant must use native trees and/or shrubs appropriate for their ecological community and from approved lists created by the Village Ecologist.  (The trees and shrubs can be obtained from any nursery of choice.) The Native Tree & Shrub Planting Program is a 50/50 cost-share program. The Village’s share limit is $2,000 and there is a $100 non-refundable application fee.

The intent of the Native Tree & Shrub Planting Program is to provide an incentive for all residents, whether they own wooded property or not, to plant native trees and shrubs that will increase the native species composition in the Village. It requires an assessment by the Village Ecologist of the existing conditions and preparation of a plan that includes general locations of the proposed native trees and shrubs. The applicant is required to hire a certified contractor to plant the native trees and shrubs per the plan created by the Village Ecologist.  (Note: This program does not apply to planting non-native or cultivar varieties of trees and shrubs unless approved by the Village Ecologist.)

After the application is submitted by the Village, the applicant will receive a permit from the Village to proceed with the work as proposed in the Application. After the work is completed, notify and deliver a copy of the paid contractor invoice to the Village and the Village Ecologist will conduct a site visit to verify the work has been completed properly. The reimbursement request is then forwarded to the Village Board for approval and be expected in 1 to 3 months.

Application Form

Please fill out and print this PDF application and submit to the office of Woodland Ecology.

Native Tree & Shrub Planting Cost-Share Program Application (PDF)


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