Southwest Neighborhood Reforestation Project

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Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), the Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC), and the City of Syracuse have joined together to provide 120 FREE street trees to qualified properties in the Southwest Neighborhood over the course of two years. Currently, the Southwest neighborhood has only about 10% canopy cover. Since the neighborhood is not currently served by the Save the Rain Tree Planting Program, this reforestation project aims to begin restoring the canopy cover to prior levels. CCE and OEC will conduct community outreach to gain homeowner’s approval and assistance in planting.

Funding for the Southwest Community Tree Project is provided by the NYS DEC Urban Forestry grants program.


Help us to reforest the Southwest Neighborhood
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Trees planted in City right-of-way

How the Program Works

  • Trees are planted with approval from the property owner.
  • Trees are planted at no cost to the property owner.
  • Trees are planted in the City of Syracuse’s right-of-way.

This allows trees to grow over our sidewalks and roadways, preventing storm water from entering the local sewer system.

  • Tree maintenance is the responsibility of City of Syracuse.
  • The City will remove the tree if the tree dies or becomes hazardous.
  • Tree plantings occur in the spring and fall of each year.

We Need You to Do:

  • Let us plant a tree on the right-of-way in front of your home.
  • Adopt the tree in front of your home.
  • Help us plant trees in the fall across your neighborhood.
  • Tell your neighbors about the program.
  • Become a CommuniTree Steward!

If you would like a FREE street tree, help with neighborhood tree planting call us at 424-9485 ext. 233 or email, or more information about the CommuniTree Steward Volunteer program, email


Kristina Ferrare
Forestry Program Specialist
315-424-9485 x231

Last updated July 26, 2019