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, managed by the Bloomington Parks Foundation.

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.


Urban Forestry's Urban Wood Waste Program

Powerful winds that blew through Bloomington on May 25, 2011, forever changed the landscape in and around Seminary Park. Several magnificent trees, among them Bloomington's largest and oldest, were destroyed in the storm. The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department removed additional trees in the park that, while left standing, were so damaged that they would not have survived.

See pictures of the storm damage in Seminary Park

Many of the trees from Seminary Park, including a large red oak, are receiving a second life through the Urban Wood Waste Program. Local PBS station WTIU did a special program about the red oak and its new home at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

Quick Links

Tree Fund logo Memorial/Honorary Tree Program

Bloomington Parks Foundation

Download the Bloomington Tree Fund brochure and Memorial/Honorary Tree order form. (PDF 3.18 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 dunbarb@bloomington.in.gov.

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.