Trees are essential in our lives. They help clean our air and water, reduce flooding, create habitat for wildlife and provide significant social and health benefits for people.
In northwest Indiana, the CommuniTree program grew out of the need to promote tree planting, after-planting care and maintenance of trees. CommuniTree is supported by a dynamic partnership of community, industry and government agencies with the ultimate goal of creating a healthier and more diverse tree population.
Join the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and CommuniTree today to help plant and care for thousands of trees throughout our region. Gain access to trees, tree care workshops and technical support for your community by applying for a CommuniTree partnership grant. We welcome your interest and involvement as a funder or planting partner.
NIRPC is using geographic information system (GIS) mapping to help collect and share tree planting data. Communities and public organizations that have been awarded trees through the Community Tree Grant Program are collecting important information such as planting location, tree species, nursery of tree origin, and planting year using a mobile app on their smartphones. Once the data has been collected in the field, NIRPC uploads it to create the interactive map you can explore below. The data is particularly useful in supporting ongoing urban forestry efforts such as: