oak leavesLinn County Conservation and the Linn County Sustainability Department are excited to partner with the Monarch Research Project (MRP) non-profit organization to offer Linn County to provide trees as part of MRP's Planting Forward program. MRP created the Planting Forward program with dual goals of replanting derecho 2020 impacted yards across Linn County with high quality native tree species while educating residents on proper tree care and the value native trees add to the environment, pollinators, and people. Through partnering with multiple organizations that have the ability to communicate and manage large tree distributions, MRP plans to provide over 10,000 trees to help restore derecho impacted yards. In collaboration with over a dozen community partners, the program will additionally provide trees to those who have some barrier to accessing this natural resource. 

Planting Forward: Program Overview (PDF) by Monarch Research Project 

Available Tree Species

Learn more about these native tree species that will be part of this program, and why they will have a lasting impact in our community.

Planting Forward: Tree Species (PDF)

Tree Planting and Care Tipsfamily planting tree

As part of this program, we are providing the following information to make sure each tree is planted properly! Proper tree planting and care ensures the best chance for healthy establishment of these trees. 

Proper tree care for establishment after planting and as the tree grows is critical to long-term health of your new trees! The Arbor Day Foundation walks you through key tips below for proper watering, mulching, pruning, and more.

While the tree species chosen for the Planting Forward program are hardy, native trees with relatively few pests, it is vital that you protect your young trees from rabbit and deer damage. It only takes one night for a hungry rabbit or deer to ruin your tree by girdling the stem, browsing off the branches or rubbing the trunk with antlers. If your yard is exposed to rabbits or deer, fence your tree until it has grown out of the reach of deer and has thick bark that rabbits do not like. If you have deer frequent your property, keep protection around the trunk so a buck cannot rub the trunk with its antlers. Buck rubbing usually happens from late September through February and can be prevented with wire fencing or three tree stakes spaces about 18” apart.  

More information and Video links below:  

Planting Forward: Tree Planting and Care Tips (PDF) by Monarch Research Project