The City of Oak Forest has created a 50/50 Parkway Tree Planting Program to facilitate replanting along city streets where ash trees were infested with Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Over the past three years nearly 1,800 ash trees affected with EAB have been removed from the city's parkways as a matter of public safety.
Learn more about planting regulations and permitted planting species.
Please note: In order to ensure a diverse urban forest, maple trees are not part of this program. The ash trees the city removed were 24% of our urban forest. Maple trees comprise 48% of the forest. We must plant back with other species.
Cooperating With Community
This new program is based on a cooperative agreement where the homeowner selects a tree, obtains the no-cost planting permit from the city, and has a new parkway tree planted in front of his or her home. The homeowner submits the paid bill to the city and will be reimbursed up to half the cost to the maximum of $150 per tree. This program is made possible by a grant from the Oak Forest Social Services Corporation, which was created in 1980 to further the common good and general welfare of residents by bringing civic betterment and social improvements to the city.
Residents also may wish to take advantage of the city's Communitrees partnership with Spring Grove Nursery and iTrees.com, which allows them to purchase trees and arrange for planting online at www.itrees.com, at a discounted price. For every 10 trees purchased through this program, the city will earn a free tree. The free trees will be planted in the community along city streets to help in our reforestation efforts.