Trees for Omaha
Trees for Omaha is a partnership between Keep Omaha Beautiful and the City’s Parks & Recreation Department. The program was developed in response to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle, which was officially discovered in Omaha in June 2016 and is projected to decimate our community’s ash trees over the next seven to ten years (nearly 15% of the city’s trees).
The goal is to plant a diverse stock of several thousand native trees throughout Omaha's public parks and trails in order to address the loss of ash trees due to the EAB and to improve the resilience of the city’s tree canopy and withstand future invasive pests. Over the next few years, tree planting projects will rotate around the city to areas most in need.
As of October 2022, we have planted 3,200+ trees in 87 public parks and trails throughout Omaha.
For more information about the Trees for Omaha program, click on the links below.
Support Our Efforts
There are many ways to support the Trees for Omaha program. Consider donating today by clicking the button below.
Given the scale of our program, most tree plantings are completed by a contractor. However, periodic volunteer-based planting events may occur during the spring and fall. If you are interested in helping to plant trees, please check the Upcoming Events page for community plantings and opportunities to sign up.
Thank you to our Trees For Omaha sponsors, and community members who donated to this program and have helped us raise $800,000.
This includes $500,000 from a private donor, $150,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, and $150,000 collectively from the Arbor Day Foundation, Claire M. Hubbard Foundation, FedEx, Giger Foundation, Hy-Vee, International Paper, Mayors Community Services Fund, Metropolitan Utilities District, Lozier Foundation, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, Peter Kiewit Foundation, Omaha Suburban Rotary, Tyson, and individuals throughout the community.