Canopy newsletter: Apply now for healthy tree canopy grants, plus fall tree steward classes

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Forestry updates from Hennepin County

Grants available to protect and plant trees

Applications for cities and affordable housing properties due August 15

Volunteers planting trees on Hiawatha Ave

Hennepin County is offering grants to cities, affordable housing properties, schools, and nonprofit organizations to make positive changes in the tree canopy and engage residents in taking action to protect trees.

These grants aim to support efforts to educate the public on tree care and the importance of trees, combat threats to trees from invasive insects and disease, and promote the development of a more diverse and resilient tree canopy.

Types of grants available

Grants are available to:

  • Cities to complete tree inventories, develop tree management plans, plant and maintain trees, replace ash trees, develop gravel-bed nurseries, and conduct outreach.
  • Affordable housing properties to remove ash trees and plant replacement trees.
  • Schools and nonprofit organizations to plant trees, remove ash trees, conduct tree-related education, and hold Arbor Day celebrations.

See the healthy tree canopy grants flyer (PDF) to learn more about the types of grants available.

Application deadlines

Applications for cities and affordable housing properties are due Thursday, August 15. Applications for schools and nonprofit organizations are due Monday, October 28.

Application materials can be accessed and must be submitted through the online Supplier Portal.

Get help with your project

For more information and to get help with grant projects, contact Hennepin County foresters at

Fall tree steward classes

Two tree steward classes are being offered this fall:


Saturday, September 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
City of Champlin Parks & Public Works Building, 11955 Champlin Drive, Champlin, MN 55316
Cost: $25
Sign up now

Participants will have the opportunity to use their new skills by helping with a tree planting at the City of Champlin Doris A. Kemp Park on Saturday, September 28. This planting is also open to the public. RSVP

St. Anthony

Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St. Anthony City Hall, 3301 Silver Lake Road NE, St. Anthony, MN 55418
Cost: $25
Registration will open October 1

About the classes

Tree steward volunteers practice pruning

Tree steward classes cover the basics of tree biology, tree planting, watering, pruning, and tree health through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on, outdoor field experience. Classes are offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota and host cities.

After completing the class, volunteers have opportunities to help plant and care for trees with the county and partnering organizations.

Classes are open to the public, and no experience is needed. The University of Minnesota provides the necessary tools and safety equipment. Participants should dress appropriately for being outside.

Hennepin County Forestry


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