How to get trees

Thank you for your interest in receiving a tree through SOUL’s Community Forestry Program. Our next planting season spans November 2019-March 2020. We can only fulfill our mission with the help of caring homeowners and renters like you who share our vision of a greener, more resilient and more equitable New Orleans.

 1. Contact your Block Captain

Block Captains are SOUL’s neighborhood leaders. Your Block Captain can help you choose the right tree for the right space and can answer a number of your questions. They will also help you fill out and collect the tree permits (more information below.) Contact your nearest Block Captain using the map below. Or better yet, become a block captain!

2. Fill out and return tree planting permit and sketch (REQUIRED)

Permits must be filled out by the property owner. Renters, please contact your landlord if you would like trees at your home.

You can digitally submit a permit by using this form. Sketches can be digitally attached to the permit or submitted by email to permits@soulnola.org.

A paper version of this permit can be found by clicking here. Please submit it to your block captain, to permits@soulnola.org or call us at 504-264-2443 to schedule a time to pick up the permit. For convenience, you can use Smallpdf.com to sign the permits online, then email us the signed PDF. 

If your right-of-way is made of concrete, you will have to remove the concrete in advance of planting day. Our recommended concrete removal vendors are:

 Mastodonte Construction: info@lamastodonte.com or 504 264 1352 . 

Green Way, Inc.: greenwaylawninc@yahoo.com or 504 469 4424

If removing concrete is cost prohibitive, we recommend contact The Urban Conservancy’s FYI program which subsidizes concrete removal when funding is available. They can be reached at fyi@urbanconservancy.org or 504 717 6187.

3. Help plant your tree

We encourage all able-bodied tree recipients to participate in the planting process. Sign up to volunteer here.

Once the permitting process is complete on our end, we will be in touch with confirmation and further details about the tree plantings. You can view the dates of our plantings on our Events page.

Here are more resources for choosing and planting your tree:

If you are having trouble coordinating with a Block Captain or have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email us or call 504 264 2443.