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Olcott Blvd street trees Healthy street trees provide shade and beauty along Bloomington's Olcott Boulevard.Landscaping services and street tree maintenance are provided by the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department's Urban Forestry Program. Trees and other landscaping amenities throughout the city's parks and public property are made possible with contributions raised through the Bloomington Tree Fund.

The Bloomington Tree Fund was established to assist in the support of the Urban Forestry Program. The Tree Fund supports annual Arbor Day celebrations, volunteer tree plantings on public property, and urban forestry education.

Any amount may be contributed at any time to the Bloomington Tree Fund. Contributions to the Bloomington Tree Fund are recognized with a certificate suitable for framing. All Bloomington Tree Fund gifts are tax deductible as prescribed by law.

emerald ash borer Emerald Ash Borer in Bloomington

In October 2012, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer within city limits, in the Peppergrass neighborhood on Heather Drive in Perry Township. For more information about emerald ash borer in Bloomington, and for resources for homeowners with ash trees, visit the emerald ash borer Web page.

Chemical Applications in City Landscaping

It is the mission of the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department's Integrated Pest Management Plan to sustain the beauty, recreation potential, and ecological diversity of the City's parks and recreation assets in a safe and responsible manner. The IPM plan takes into account the health and safety of the public and Department staff, and the impact to the environment in an effort to minimize the use of pesticides in City parks.

A herbicide treatment is scheduled to take place on the West Second Street medians between South Walker Street and South Landmark Avenue on 4/18/17, weather permitting.

Imitator Plus
Active Ingredient: 41% Glyphosate
Manufacturer: Drexel
Label has a Caution rating
Reentry: Allow to dry

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Downtown Square Tree Campaign

Download the Downtown Square Tree Campaign sponsorship form. (PDF 2.45 MB)

The Bloomington Parks Foundation is pleased to launch the Downtwon Square Tree Campaign, in partnership with the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, to adddress the need to remove dying trees in the public right of way surrounding the courthouse square, and replace them with with vigorous, healthy, new trees.

Trees benefit our downtown in many ways. Not only do they provide shade and aesthetic beauty, they are a living, breathing testament to the value Bloomington places on the environment, downtown businesss, and the historic nature of the downtown square.

By supporting the Downtown Square Tree Campaign with the sponsorship of a downtown tree, you demonstrate your commitment to a green and growing downtown Bloomington!

A limited number of trees are available for sonsorship. See the Downtown Square Tree Campaign brochure for a map of locations of trees in need of sponsorships. Tree sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the Downtown Square Tree Campaign, or about sponsoring a downtown tree, contact the Bloomington Parks Foundation, PO Box 3351, Bloomington, IN 47402, or e-mail

Tree Fund logo Memorial/Honorary Tree Program

Download the Bloomington Tree Fund brochure and Memorial/Honorary Tree order form. (PDF 2.07 MB)

"Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn." -Lord Orrery, 1749

Remember a loved one or honor someone with a donation to the Bloomington Tree Fund, or with the purchase of a tree to be planted in one of Bloomington's city parks. The Memorial/Honorary Tree package includes one tree, a 16" x 16" engraved limestone plaque, and maintenance of the tree after it is planted.

The Parks and Recreation Department provides maintenance for the lifetime of the tree, and will replace trees if they die within 15 years after planting, or are damaged. Plaques are warranted for five years against theft or damages.

In the event of future park development, your tree may be relocated or replanted. Bloomington Parks and Recreation reserves the right to relocate trees within a park or to another city park.

Due to weather considerations and seasonal planting schedules, it is not possible to schedule ceremonies at the time of tree planting or plaque setting.

Exact planting locations within parks are determined by the city's urban forester to ensure the tree is in the proper location to grow and thrive. Donors may choose potential tree planting sites from aerial photos provided by the urban forester.

Installation of personal plaques, markers, etc. at the platning sites of honorary/memorial trees is not permitted. Small, tasteful, unobtrusive decorations are permitted as long as they do not become unsightly, unkempt, or present an obstacle to grounds maintenance. The City of Bloomington and its staff are not responsible for maintaining decorations, or for decorations that are vandalized, damaged, removed, or stolen.

For more information about the Bloomington Tree Fund, or about purchasing a memorial/honorary tree, contact Barb Dunbar, Operations Coordinator, at (812) 349-3498 or via email at

Indiana's First Tree City USA

Bloomington was recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation in 1984 as Indiana's first Tree City USA. Bloomington has each year since 1984 successfully met all the criteria necessary to keep its Tree City USA designation: a tree board or department; a tree care ordinance; a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Contact Information

For more information about purchasing a Memorial or Honorary Tree or for more information about making a donation to the Bloomington Tree Fund, contact Barb Dunbar at (812) 349-3498.

For technical information about Bloomington's urban forest, or to report a hazardous tree or tree problem in a city park, contact Lee Huss, urban forester, at (812) 349-3716.