Trees for Missoula

2011 - present

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Karen Sippy




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Trees for Missoula (TFM) are educators, advocates and stewards who strongly support and promote a larger, healthier urban forest for Missoula. TFM supports the city’s Urban Forestry Division (UF), the good people who care for Missoula’s trees, advocate for funding to plant and maintain trees and volunteer to care for public trees.


TFM educates Missoula residents about the value and benefits of urban trees and the roles we all play in keeping those trees healthy. The program promotes the proper planting and care of trees by private citizens on their own properties in town. By doing this we are improving the city’s environment, building community and connecting Missoulians with the natural world and each other.


  • Co-sponsors Run for the Trees, Missoula’s Arbor Month event
  • Provided over 600 volunteer hours for 2013 Street Tree Inventory
  • Granted $7,000 for technology purchase of Trimble GeoXH and JUNO for UF inventory
  • With UF, awarded $13,300 DNRC grant for inventory
  • With UF and MAM, awarded $18,000 DNRC grant for Missoula Art Park project
  • Represented community on working group to develop Missoula’s first Urban Forest Master Management Plan. Approved by City Council April 20, 2015
  • Granted $14,000 to UF for purchase of Arbortom Tomograph
  • Started Volunteers in Pruning (VIP) October 2015. Trained 12 volunteers in formative pruning to begin care for Missoula’s youngest public trees.


  • Missoula Parks & Rec
  • MSU County Extension
  • Urban Forestry Division
  • Run Wild Missoula
  • MAM
  • USFS