How to get a tree

Thank you for your interest in receiving a tree through SOUL’s Community Forestry Program. 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.

Currently, we are only supplying trees free-of-cost to our partner neighborhoods of Mid-City, Broadmoor, Algiers/Algiers Point, and Treme/Lafitte. If you are interested in receiving a tree outside of these neighborhoods, please contact outreach@soulnola.org for more information.

If you have already submitted a permit and/or spoken to a Block Captain, you do not need to take any further action. For all others, please take the following steps:

 1. Contact your Block Captain (highly recommended)

Block Captains are SOUL’s neighborhood leaders. They are the voices of their neighborhoods and help shape the reforestation in their community. 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.) Find and contact the Block Captain nearest you using the map below.

If you are having trouble coordinating with a Block Captain, please contact us at outreach@soulnola.org.

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

Since we plant our trees in the public right-of-way (between the sidewalk and street), a tree planting permit is required to plant. If you are meeting with your Block Captain, they will bring a tree planting permit with them and help you fill it out. If you are confident that you already know the type and location of tree(s) you’d like, you can download the tree planting permit here and submit it to outreach@soulnola.org or call us at 985-705-7730 to schedule a time to exchange the permit. For convenience, you can use Smallpdf.com to sign the permits online, then email me the signed PDF. Please note that the owner of the property must sign off on the permit. If you are a renter, please talk to your landlord about our program. If you want to plant in your yard and not in the right-of-way, please contact outreach@soulnola.org.

4. Help plant your tree (highly recommended)

The last step in the process of getting your tree is planting it. We will have approximately 10 tree planting events this planting season (November – March) which will take place on Saturdays from 9:30am to 1pm, unless otherwise noted. This is the most exciting and rewarding aspect of our work, and we hope you can join us in turning our dreams into reality. Sign up to volunteer here.

After we receive your permit, we will go through the permitting process and hopefully get each of your permits approved. When this step 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:

We want this process to be as easy and smooth as possible and want each of you to receive your tree(s). If you are having trouble coordinating with a Block Captain or have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email outreach@soulnola.org or call 985-705-7730.