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Neighborhood Tree Planting Program

  1. PROGRAM INFORMATION

  2. What is the Neighborhood Tree Planting Program?

    The City of Bentonville’s Neighborhood Tree Planting Program makes it easy for Bentonville residents to obtain trees to plant in their neighborhoods. The city pays for and orders the trees. Neighborhood residents plant and care for the trees.

  3. What Neighborhoods are Eligible?

    All neighborhoods that are approved participants in the Great Neighborhoods Program at the Active Level are eligible to participate.

  4. Are there Planting Location Requirements?

    Yes. Trees are required to be planted in the public realm, including within the right-of-way, around detention ponds, in neighborhood parks, or a combination.

  5. When are Applications Due?

    Applications may be submitted between the dates of January 1st and June 30th.

  6. When will the Tree Planting Take Place?

    The tree planting is required to take place between the dates of October 1st and November 30th.

  7. What Tree Species are Included in the Program?

    To be determined – native trees when possible.

  8. What Size are the Trees?

    Depending on availability, the trees will vary between 1.5 and 2-inches in caliper, which is a 15 gallon tree. Caliper size is defined as the measurement of the diameter of the trunk 6-inches above ground level.

  9. What about Utilities?

    We will work together on the best location to plant the trees. Planting the right tree in the right place is important. It is the property owner’s responsibility to locate utilities. Before you dig, call 811. http://www.arkonecall.com/. Trees cannot be planted within 5 feet of underground utilities or under overhead utilities.

  10. Help! I don’t know anything about Trees. What should I do?

    No worries! There will be a free tree planting and tree care workshop offered that will teach you the basics.

  11. Are there Reporting or Monitoring Requirements?

    Yes. The city will provide a monitoring report, which is required to be submitted for three consecutive years.

  12. Application Questions?

    Please contact Danielle Semsrott, Senior Planner at dsemsrott@bentonvillear.com or (479) 271-6827.

  13. APPLICATION

  14. 1. Neighborhood Information

  15. Neighborhood Contact Information

    The neighborhood residents are responsible for implementing a successful tree planting event within the neighborhood. Neighborhood residents are responsible for planting and caring for the trees. List three leaders from the neighborhood and select which person is the main point of contact.

  16. Main Point of Contact

  17. Main Point of Contact

  18. Main Point of Contact

  19. 2. Number of Trees Requested

  20. 3. Planting Plan or Site Plan

    The planting plan or site plan visually designates where the trees are proposed to be planted within the neighborhood. Based on the proposed locations, the City will choose the appropriate tree species from the recommended tree list. Trees are required to be planted in the public realm, including within the right-of-way, around city owned detention ponds, in neighborhood parks, or a combination. It is the property owner’s responsibility to locate utilities. Before you dig, call 811 or visit http://www.arkonecall.com/. Trees cannot be planted within 5-feet of underground utilities or under overhead utilities. For assistance to obtain a site plan of your neighborhood, please contact Danielle Semsrott, Senior Planner at (479) 271-3122 or dsemsrott@bentonvillear.com.

  21. 4. Plan of Action

  22. a. Describe or list the steps to organize and implement a successful tree planting event within the neighborhood. For example, consider who will be responsible for:

    Organizing the event, gaining support from the neighborhood residents, utility locates, ensuring long-term neighborhood commitment on the front end.

  23. b. Describe or list the steps to ensure long-term maintenance and tree care. For example, consider who will be responsible for ensuring the long-term survival of the trees, including:

    Watering, which is critical in the first three years, proper tree pruning, if necessary, identifying and reporting tree damage or disease, filling out and submitting the required monitoring report.

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