Tree Voucher Program

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Are you interested in free tree vouchers? You are in the right place! 

We offer an exciting opportunity for trees to be planted in Lynnwood at no cost to you. You can apply for tree vouchers every year. A tree voucher is a coupon that can be used to buy almost any type of tree from a participating Washington State Landscape and Nursery Association (WSLNA) nursery. 

To get a tree voucher, follow the instructions below. 

Online

Step 1.Confirm you are eligible 

Ensure you meet the criteria:

  • The trees must be planted within Lynnwood city limits
  • You have not received tree vouchers within the last 12 months

Step 2.Go to a nursery

Go to a participating WSNLA nursery. Pick which kind of trees you want to plant, taking note of the common and scientific names of each species, and unit price. Feel free to talk to nursery employees for tree and soil amendment recommendations. 

Note that vouchers can only be used to buy trees and necessary amendments! Plants, shrubs, bushes, and flowers are not allowed in this program. Vouchers cannot pay for delivery.

Step 3.Fill out the online application 

  • Include both common and scientific name of trees species
  • Include the unit cost and quantity of trees
  • Review application, sign, and submit

Apply Online

Step 4.We'll review your request

City staff will review your request once it's submitted and will contact you if more information is needed. We do not recommend placing trees on hold, as applications may take up to 2 weeks to process.

Step 5.Voucher use and follow up

If your tree voucher application is approved, you will receive your tree vouchers in the mail. These must be used within one year. If not used within one year, the tree voucher will become void and you will need to reapply for another voucher. Anyone can apply for this program once per year and can reapply for a new voucher each year.

Once you have planted your trees, call the number on your voucher approval letter. The City may want to do an inspection of your newly planted trees.

In Person

Step 1.Confirm you are eligible 

Ensure you meet the criteria:

  • Trees must be planted within Lynnwood city limits
  • You have not received tree vouchers within the last 12 months

Step 2.Pick up an application from Lynnwood City Hall

19100 44th Ave W, Lynnwood WA, 98036

Step 3.Go to a nursery

Go to a participating WSNLA  nursery. Pick which kind of trees you want to plant, taking note of the common and scientific names of each species, and unit price. Feel free to talk to nursery employees for tree and soil amendment recommendations. 

Note that vouchers can only be used to buy trees and necessary amendments! Plants, shrubs, bushes, and flowers are not allowed in this program. Vouchers cannot pay for delivery.

Step 4.Fill out the application 

  • Include both common and scientific name of trees species
  • Include the unit cost and quantity of trees
  • Review application, sign, and submit

Apply Online

Step 5.We'll review your request

Public Works staff will review your request once it's completed and submitted, and will contact you if we need additional information. We do not recommend placing trees on hold, as applications may take up to 2 weeks to process.

Step 6.Voucher use and follow up

If your tree voucher application is approved, you will receive your tree vouchers in the mail. These must be used within one year. If not used within one year, the tree voucher will become void and you will need to reapply for another voucher. Anyone can apply for this program once per year and can reapply for a new voucher each year.

Once you have planted your trees, call the number on your voucher approval letter. The City may want to do an inspection of your newly planted trees.

In determining whether or not a tree grant application should be approved, the City may consider the following criteria:

  1. The necessity of the project.
  2. The benefits to the City.
  3. The project’s educational value.
  4. An appropriate proposed time frame for completion of the project.
  5. A clearly defined maintenance plan for projects involving planting.
  6. The amount requested, the amount of funds available, and the amount and source of other funds.
  7. The number and or amount of grants requested at the time or in the past.
Why a Tree Voucher?

There is concern over the loss of trees in Lynnwood. Trees have many important functions. We must keep trees around for future generations. When developers cut down trees, they must put money into this tree fund. Tree vouchers can be used to buy and plant trees anywhere in Lynnwood city limits.

 

Can I use my vouchers to pay for the delivery of my trees?

No, vouchers may only be used to purchase trees and soils amendments for purchased trees.

 

What if the nursery doesn’t have the trees I want to purchase?

Vouchers expire one year from the date of issuance. You may either hold on to your vouchers until the nursery has your trees in stock or contact us to switch the tree type.

 

My vouchers have expired, can I still use them?

No, you must contact us to get new tree vouchers. Using expired vouchers is a violation of the Tree Voucher Program.

 

I HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED TREES, WILL THE CITY PAY ME BACK FOR MY TREES?

 No, the City will not pay you back for trees that you have already purchased.

 

MY TOTAL WITH TAX IS MORE THAN THE AMOUNT OF MY VOUCHERS, WILL THE CITY PAY THE DIFFERENCE?

No, you are responsible to pay the difference if the total is more than what you have in tree vouchers.