Urban Forestry Planting Program

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Due to the high demand to participate in the right-of-way tree planting program, there is a long wait list that stretches into 2023 at this time.

Please note that residents are not allowed to plant trees themselves in the City right-of-way.

Urban Forestry Planting Program

The City of Durango has developed a tree cost share program to assist homeowners in planting trees on their property in the city public right-of-way. This program was developed to increase Durango's urban forest, improve the environment, and to beautify the streets of the city.

The program pays half of the cost of the tree and the labor to plant it. The city prunes the tree and the homeowner is responsible for watering the tree and maintaining the ground cover in the right-of-way.

The standard shade or ornamental tree is 2-inch caliper or 2 inches in diameter measured 6 feet above the root ball. The average cost to the homeowner is approximately $200 per tree. This amount includes the cost to purchase the tree and the labor to plant it.


To participate in the tree sharing program, the homeowner will need to contact the City Arborist by October 30 to ensure a spot on the following spring planting list.

Planting season starts April 1 and runs through June 30 every year. All inquiries after June 30 will be carried over to the following year.

For more information, please view the Urban Forestry Planting Program brochure (PDF).