This year Branch Out Burlington! is offering eight different beautiful specimens. Including fruiting trees, flowering trees, specimen tree and shade trees. All 5- 6 feet tall and only $49.00 each. These trees always sell out; so preorder now for Saturday May 2nd pick up! Proceeds from the tree sale support Branch Out Burlington!’s tree planting and educational activities to promote the health, wellbeing and expansion of Burlington’s urban forest. Learn more . . .

Spring is nearly here! Whoopee!!!

Soon we will all be planting trees, including the Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department along Burlington’s streets. Each spring Branch Out Burlington! offers a Tree Keeper Training for anyone who cares about trees. The training session is led by the most experienced urban forester in Vermont--Warren Spinner, Burlington’s city arborist. The program will cover information on how a tree grows, where to plant a tree and how to plant it and care for it, and how to prune your trees safely. We hope this training session will help the public take care of trees where ever they are. Everyone is welcome, even those living outside Burlington. All attendees will be entered in the drawing for a free tree! When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Parks & Recreation Building at 645 Pine Street, Burlington, VT, Light Refreshments will be served PLEASE RSVP to Margaret Skinner: Tel: 802-656-5440 email: MSkinner@uvm.edu

BOB! has recently joined One Percent for the Planet.

One Percent is an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. Their mission is to "build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet." Envisioned in 2001 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of the Patagonia clothing company, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, the organization now claims over 1,100 members worldwide and gives $20 million USD annually to over 3,300 environmental groups around the world.

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a non-native insect that was introduced into the U.S. in 2002. EAB only attacks ash trees, and is responsible for the death of millions of ash trees in the Midwest. Infested trees die within 2 to 4 years. To-date, EAB has not been found in Vermont yet it has been detected in all bordering states and provinces. The earlier we find it, the more management options we have available.

On September 18th, UVM students with Cecilia Danks’ Community-based Natural Resource Management class flagged and tagged some of Burlington’s ash trees in order to raise awareness about the benefits these trees provide and the threat of EAB. You can help protect Burlington's ash trees:

Learn more about EAB signs and symptoms: www.vtinvasives.org/invaders/emerald-ash-borer
Frequently Asked Questions: www.vtinvasives.org/sites/default/files/forest_pest_planning_faqs
Report it: www.vtinvasives.org/tree-pests/report-it or call Burlington Parks and Recreation 802-862-8245.

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BOB! organizes community tree planting events, hosts local guided tree walks, manages the Burlington Community Tree Nursery, and sponsors both educational seminars and the Awesome Tree Contest. Everyone is welcome at our meetings.

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2015 Calendar of Events


Tree Keepers Program

Is there space for a tree in the greenbelt in front of your house or business? Branch out Burlington’s Tree Keeper Program is bringing trees to people who agree to take care of them.

Every year, volunteers from Branch Out Burlington! transplant trees from the Burlington Community Tree Nursery to sites along the streets of Burlington. The trees need some tender loving care to become established in their new locations. The first year is especially critical. Learn more . . .

Are you interested in planting trees on your street?

Join a dedicated group of volunteers at Branch Out Burlington! (also known as BOB!). Together with the City Arborist, Our Tree Keepers work each year to increase the number of trees and to improve our precious green spaces. If you are interested in having a tree in front of your house, and are willing to learn about tree care and water your tree, please get in touch with us. We want YOU! To learn more . . .

Click here to view a Burlington City Tree Planting at Lakeside Neighborhood

Planning on Purchasing a Tree?

Check out our resources page and the new brochures put out by the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program. Topics include planning to purchase a tree, protecting your investment with proper planting techniques, the right tree for the right place and a guide to pruning trees. Learn more . . .

Friends of the Hort Farm Please visit the website of our local "friends"

"People who live in Burlington’s neighborhoods are often proud of the natural beauty -- especially the trees. Broad leafy trees, quietly celebrating the cycle of the seasons from bud to green to orange and crimson to dust, and returning to bud once again. And tall evergreen trees exist, stalwart and vibrant with life, even throughout the depths of winter’s snows. If community is the heart of a city, then trees must surely be its lungs."