Trees for Tempe
A program to replace community trees
damaged or lost due to storms.
"Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn."
- Lord Orrery, 1749
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After the 2008 summer monsoons destroyed more than 400 city-owned trees, Tempe was left struggling to find the resources needed to replenish its tree population. Now, with the revival of the Trees for Tempe program, residents and local businesses can take part in reconstructing the city’s landscape, one tree at a time!
In 2006, Tempe found itself in a similar situation after the summer storms. A Tempe orthodontist began the Trees for Tempe program, pledging to donate money for each new patient that came into his office to help replace the uprooted trees. With the unprecedented number of trees lost in the last decade, Trees for Tempe has been expanded so that any individual, group or business can donate time or money to rebuild our urban forest.
Trees are one of Tempe’s most important assets, offering social, communal, environmental and economic benefits to our residents today and well into the future. According to the USDA Center for Urban Forest Research, trees greatly benefit a community in many ways, including cleaning the air, filtering pollution and conserving energy by reducing ambient temperatures.
What can you do?
The Trees for Tempe program welcomes monetary contributions and donations of time. There is no minimum dollar amount required to donate, and every cent is appreciated. Residents, organizations and local businesses can also donate their time to help replant the trees. Either way you choose to donate, you will have a direct impact on the quality of life in Tempe now and for years to come!
Donate Money! Make checks and money orders payable to City of Tempe, and be sure to specify Trees for Tempe. Bring or mail to:
Trees for Tempe
Attn: Denise Rentschler
3500 S. Rural Road
Tempe, AZ 85282
Donate Time! Submit a proposal for a tree planting event with your group, organization or business to Denise Rentschler at Denise_Rentschler@tempe.gov.