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Tree Planting Programs

The Save the Rain Tree Planting Program has developed a robust tree planting strategy for neighborhoods throughout the City of Syracuse.

This collaborative initiative supports the planting of thousands of trees!

Onondaga County Save the Rain and Onondaga Earth Corps are partnering to identify planting sites and to coordinate tree planting and care. After the tree is planted, the City of Syracuse will oversee watering and pruning of trees. Each year there are spring and fall volunteer tree planting events and through the Adopt-a-Tree program, interested residents are instructed on how to plant and care for their tree.

Trees are an important aspect of Save the Rain. Trees naturally soak up stormwater and use the precipitation to feed their root systems. A tree canopy slows the rainwater with its leaves allowing the soil to become fully saturated with water. The tree is then able to absorb more rain water and reduce runoff entering the sewer system.

Over 7,500 trees have been planted to date under the Save the Rain program.

Do you want a tree?

If you or someone you know is interested in having a tree planted, please contact:


Steve Harris

City of Syracuse Arborist

Featured Projects

GIF – Ranalli ALA

GIF – 701 North Salina Street

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