Tips Tree Planting: Marion Native Tree Right-of-Way Enrichment Program

Are you a Marion resident or landowner looking to contribute to the restoration of our tree canopy? We have an exciting opportunity for you! Tips Tree Planting, in collaboration with the City of Marion, presents the Marion Native Tree Right-of-Way (ROW) Enrichment Program. This city-wide initiative aims to replace trees lost during the 2020 derecho and establish new growth in previously vacant areas. Join us in replenishing the tree canopy of Marion and contribute to the beauty of our community!

Who is Eligible?

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This program is open to Marion residents and landowners/businesses who have suitable space for tree plantings in the Right-of-Way (ROW) easement adjacent to their property. But wait, what is the Right-of-Way? The public right-of-way (ROW) refers to land owned by the City of Marion but maintained by property owners, except for trees. In Iowa, the maintenance of ROW trees is the responsibility of the municipality. It includes City streets, alleys, and the grassy portion of land between the curb and private property line, often the back of the sidewalk.

Program Details

To participate in the Marion Native Tree ROW Enrichment Program, follow these steps:

  1. Register online through the custom link provided in email communications and website links.
  2. Select up to three tree species preferences. If more than one planting site is available per registration, one of the trees must be an Oak.
  3. After registration, Marion Urban Forestry personnel will conduct a drive-by survey to determine the feasibility of the planting site(s) and species selection(s). Any changes will be communicated via email before distribution.
  4. Spread the word! Encourage your neighbors, friends, and family within the Marion Community to join the program.

Please note that recipients are responsible for the planting, watering, and care of the trees. Download our Planting and Care Tips to ensure your trees thrive.

Before Registering

Before registering for the Marion Native Tree program, there are a few key requirements to keep in mind:

  • Review the program requirements and evaluate the available space for plantings. This will save time and follow-up later.
  • The right-of-way planting strip should be at least 4 feet deep between the curb and sidewalk.
  • If your property doesn’t have a sidewalk, reach out to the City Arborist at the Marion Parks Department to verify the available spacing.
  • The suitable spacing for a tree in the right-of-way should be approximately 40 feet wide or 20 feet on either side of the location where the hole will be dug.
  • Planting sites must be at least 10 feet away from driveway approaches, fire hydrants, storm water inlet boxes, streetlight and utility poles.
  • All planting sites must be 30 feet away from any traffic intersection and meet the above standards.
  • Any overhead utilities, such as electricity and communication lines, will require a small crown species selection. City staff will make any necessary adjustments and communicate them via email.

Registration Process

To register for the Marion Native Tree program, follow these steps:

  1. Complete an online form for yourself.
  2. Make sure to place all registration orders within the specified online ordering window.
  3. Review the tree species list and select varieties suitable for your available right-of-way spacing.
  4. If assisting a neighbor, friend, or family member, submit a separate registration with the address for the alternative location.
  5. Excess tree requests for addresses without suitable spacing will be declined.
  6. Monarch Research will generously donate all tree stock and tree protection supplies for this program.

Curious about the tree species available for 2024? Check out the 2024 Tree Species Selections on our website!

Tree Distribution & Planting

Successful registrations will receive an email from the City of Marion after the registration deadline on March 27th. This email will provide notice and details of the scheduled tree pickup and supply distribution. Remember to check your “JUNK” email folder if you can’t find the correspondence in your regular inbox.

The tree distribution and supply pickup will take place in mid-April at the Lowe Park Maintenance Facility off Irish Drive in Marion. Come rain or shine, the distribution will be held inside a drive-through building. Once orders are complete and the registration surveys have been reviewed, specific details such as final species approved, pickup dates, and times will be communicated.

As per Iowa Code, it is mandatory for residents to contact Iowa One Call at 811 to locate underground utilities before digging and planting trees. We encourage participants to arrive at the distribution site in a vehicle capable of hauling all trees and supplies included in their registration.

During tree distribution, we will provide planting protection supplies for each tree, including a 5′ tall pre-cut galvanized steel fence roll, a steel stake for fence support with zip ties, a plastic trunk protector, and hardwood chip mulch.

For detailed planting and care instructions, visit our website and download our Planting and Care Instructions.

Join us in this incredible endeavor to replenish Marion’s tree canopy and create a greener, more beautiful community. Register for the Marion Native Tree Right-of-Way Enrichment Program today and make a lasting impact. Together, we can make a difference!

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