Tree Incentive Programs

The Town of Erie provides generous incentive programs for residents, homeowners associations and schools and non-profit organizations to obtain new trees to be planted, thereby enhancing the overall urban tree canopy in Erie.

Residential Cost Share Program 

Details   

How It Works:

  • Erie residents are eligible for a $100 certificate towards the purchase of one tree
  • 400 certificates will be available via a lottery selection
  • Register for the lottery from February 15 - February 29 at: www.erieco.gov/TreeIncentive (limit of one entry per household; must be 18 years of age to enter)
  • Lottery drawing will take place on March 3
  • Results will be published here by 3:00 pm March 3
  • Certificate and tree information packets will be mailed to winning residents by March 5
  • Trees must be from the Front Range Tree Recommendation List, excluding ash and dwarf varieties or trees with an expected mature height of less than 12 feet. Deciduous trees must be 1.5 inch caliper or greater.  Evergreens must be at least 6 feet tall.    
For additional information contact Sandy French or call 303-926-2887.

HOA Cost Share Program

How It Works:

The following is a brief description of the HOA Cost Share Program:
  • Program may be used for new or replacement trees
  • Requests for new trees will be give priority over replacement trees
  • Trees in lawn areas between sidewalks and curbs that are maintained by residents are not eligible for funding under the HOA program
  • HOA is responsible for complete care of the trees, including watering, and all costs associated with care
  • Requests for new or replacement trees must be after final acceptance of the development and not during the warranty period
  • Trees must be from the Front Range Tree Recommendation List, excluding ash and dwarf varieties or trees with an expected mature height of less than 12 feet. Deciduous trees must be 1.5 inch caliper or greater.  Evergreens must be at least 6 feet tall.    
  • Preferred planting dates are from March 15 - June 15, and September 1 - October 15 
  • Preference is given to applicants who did not receive trees the previous year
  • Maximum authorized expenditure for this program in 2016 is $12,000.
For specific information, contact Sandy French or call 303-926-2887.

Schools and Non-Profit Cost Share Program 


The school and non-profit program offers a 80% Town, 20% school / non-profit cost share with a maximum expenditure for all approved applications not to exceed $3,000. 

How It Works:


  • Eligible applicants include public and private schools and community non-profit groups.  
  • Properties where trees will be planted must be within the Town limits.
  • School/Non-profit is responsible for complete care of the trees, including watering, and all costs associated with care
  • Tree purchase and installation costs are eligible for reimbursement. Irrigation systems, tree maintenance, tree removal, stump grinding, and general landscaping (turf, shrubs, flowers, mulch, rock cobble, etc.) are not eligible expenses. 
  • Trees must be from the Front Range Tree Recommendation List, excluding ash and dwarf varieties or trees with an expected mature height of less than 12 feet. Deciduous trees must be 1.5 inch caliper or greater.  Evergreens must be at least 6 feet tall.    
  • Preferred planting dates are from March 15 to June 15 and from September 1 to October 15
  • Applications may be submitted through September 30th and must include a description of the proposed project, project site map, detailed project budget, tree establishment, and long-term care plan.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the Town Parks and Open Space Division Manager and Town forestry staff  
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a cost share agreement and submit copies of paid invoices for review, approval and reimbursement, up to the approved amount. Town forestry staff will inspect all work completed under this program prior to approving reimbursement.
For specific information, contact Sandy French or call 303-926-2887.

New Home Certificate


In most cases, the builder of a new home has paid into a fund to plant trees on the property. Each buyer of a new home in Erie receives a $200 Tree Certificate good towards the purchase of trees at participating nurseries.

New home owners should contact Melinda Helmer at 303-926-2710 for more information.