A GREENER, HEALTHIER LARAMIE STARTS RIGHT IN YOUR OWN FRONT YARD.
Apply to have a tree planted, or volunteer to help Rooted in Laramie plant trees around town!
Want to have a tree planted in your front yard next spring? Fill out the online application below, and we’ll be in touch once we have the planting date and tree varieties figured out!
WHO WE ARE
In the fall of 2018, a “tree-o” of Laramie locals—City Arborist Randy Overstreet, Tiger Tree tree company owner Jeff Smith, and “tree area” homeowner Hilery Lindmier—became concerned that the rate of tree planting in Laramie wasn’t matching (much less exceeding) the rate of tree removal.
Just over the hill in the capital city, an organization called Rooted in Cheyenne was working to solve the very same problem: How could locals come together to establish a long-term tree planting program and cultivate greener, healthier, more livable neighborhoods?
ROOTED IN LARAMIE WAS BORN
It didn’t take long to realize that this type of organization was exactly what Laramie needed. Through the hard-work and vision of these volunteers, and with the blessing and guidance of Rooted in Cheyenne, Rooted in Laramie rapidly came together and began planting trees in June of 2018.
Since inception, Rooted in Laramie has planted over 150 trees throughout the city. It remains driven by an all-volunteer board consisting of Hilery Lindmier, Jeff Smith, Randy Overstreet, Laura McGinley, Mindy Peep, and Nick Carlson. Over 90% of funds raised go directly to putting trees in the ground!
WHAT WE DO
Rooted in Laramie not only provides property owners with access to low-cost trees, but also will help property owners find the perfect spot for their tree to live; plant, mulch, and stake the tree; provide a slow-release watering bag to help with watering requirements; and send out email reminders about watering and other tree-care related information.
Our mission is to create and maintain a long-term tree planting program that:
- Supports a more diverse and resilient tree canopy
- Cultivates greener, healthier and more livable neighborhoods
- Builds neighborhood involvement and community pride through volunteerism and environmental stewardship
- Helps educate the community about proper planting and care of trees, and the benefits they provide
PLANT WITH US
Our next planting will be sometime in mid-June 2021. While we can’t predict what effect Covid-19 will have on the ability to use volunteers, if you are at all interested in volunteering, please sign up and we’ll be in touch as plans emerge!
APPLY FOR A TREE
For just $50, you’ll receive guidance from a trained arborist, who will help you find the perfect location for your new tree; the tree itself, including staking, mulching and a slow-release water bag to ensure the tree receives enough water throughout the summer; and e-mail reminders about caring for your tree.
Currently we are able to plant trees in front yards within Laramie and up to 1/2 mile outside of city limits. Quantities are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis following payment.
Due to uncertainties with the pandemic and the strain it is putting on nonprofits, Rooted in Laramie will not be holding a fall planting. We will be using this time to regroup and do some fundraising in preparation for our Spring 2021 planting. If you are interested in purchasing a tree for next year, please fill out an application, and we’ll be in touch in late winter/early spring as details emerge.
Sadly, the mortality rate for new trees is around 25%. We do all we can to give each tree the best start possible and help remind program participants to water, but Rooted in Laramie cannot guarantee any tree’s survival nor can we replace any trees that die for free. If your tree does die, please re-apply; we’d love to work with you to try again!