About the West Lafayette Tree Friends

Dedicated to growing
and protecting our urban forest.

Learn More About What We Do

The West Lafayette Tree Friends were founded in 1981 with the adoption of the original West Lafayette Landscape Ordinance. We are citizens who care about making West Lafayette greener! Click here to view our 2023 annual report.

Who We Are

The West Lafayette Tree Friends are a volunteer organization that aims to create and sustain economic, environmental, and physical and mental health benefits in our West Lafayette community through planting and nurturing trees in our public right-of-ways.

Our Mission

Our primary mission is to plant trees and implement landscaping projects in the public right-of-way.  We work in cooperation with property owners to enhance the beauty of the streets of West Lafayette.  Additionally, we complete one or two large planting projects each year.  All Tree Friends initiatives are financed by private donations which are augmented by matching grants when available. Thank you for your support!

Our Strategic Plan

In 2021, we came together to discuss the future and where we want to go. Together, we developed our first strategic plan to guide us to better plant, prune, and protect our urban forest. To view our strategic plan, click here.

Join Us

The West Lafayette Tree Friends meet on the second Tuesday of every month for Tree Friends business. These monthly meetings are open to the public, and all are welcome. Committees for the organization meet throughout the month. Come join the fun and make an impact in West Lafayette!

Where: Margerum City Hall, in the Bean Room, located at 222 N. Chauncey Avenue, West Lafayette IN 47906.

When:  12:00 pm

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2024
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2024
  • Tuesday, August 13, 2024
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2024
  • Tuesday, October 8, 2024
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2024
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2024

To learn more on other ways to get involved, click here!

bettering your urban canopy

We're Making an Impact

We're making West Lafayette greener!

street trees pruned since 2003
trees funded and planted through Operation Releaf since 2010
tribute trees planted in our community
volunteer hours supporting our urban forest in 2023

Our Team


Paul Brennan

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Vice Chair

Becky Fry

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Diane Schlegel

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Bill Evers

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Bill Gass

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At-Large Committee Member

Bob Voelz

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Community Forestry and Greenspace Planner


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Make Our City a More Beautiful and Heathier Place to Live

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