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Grit City Trees

As a part of Tacoma’s Environmental Action Plan, the City of Tacoma is continuing the Grit City Tree program to encourage tree plantings in Tacoma neighborhoods.  Adding more trees to neighborhoods is proven to help with cooling, reduces stormwater runoff, acts as noise barriers, fights climate change, and data shows that tree lined streets are safer.


Residences, schools, and other private properties offer a vital opportunity to cultivate a healthy urban forest in the City of Tacoma. While not required, we encourage you to talk with your neighbors and community about Grit City Trees and to organize group plantings. In addition to a healthy urban forest, Grit City Trees aims to cultivate healthy Tacoma communities!


Thank you for your interest in helping Tacoma reach its goal of 30% canopy cover by 2030. Applications for the 2019 Grit City Trees program are closed. Applications for next season will be available in the summer of 2020.


Need Planting Assistance?
The Pierce Conservation District can, on a case-by-case basis, offer delivery and planting help to participants who need physical assistance or lack access to a vehicle.



  • Grit City Trees are available to Tacoma residents only.
  • Trees are available to plant in the right-of-way adjacent to your property only.
  • Preference will be given to applications from historically underserved neighborhoods, neighborhood planting groups, and those who plant large shade trees - where appropriate.
  • Small trees are available only to those whose planting space is limited by area and/or overhead utilities (see application for additional information).
  • Limited quantities of each tree species are available. We will do our best to accommodate your preference, but cannot guarantee your first choice of trees.
  • Grit City Trees are not for resale.
For the best chance of success with your new street trees carefully read the information available on our Planting and Growing web page.


Planting Priority Areas

Priority Planting Areas