About Us

West Lafayette Tree Friends

Who are we?

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 our city green.


To create and sustain economic, environmental, health, and aesthetic benefits in our West Lafayette community through planting and nurturing trees in our public right-of-ways.

Our Goals…

Our primary goal 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 usually 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.

tree_image_mcdonough_quote_aboutus“Think about the design assignment of a tree. Can you design something
that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water,
provides habitat for hundreds of species, accrues solar energy as fuel,
makes complex sugars and food, creates microclimates, changes colors
with the seasons and self-replicates? How are we doing?”
Architect William McDonough, Greenbuild 2006

Our Accomplishments…

2015 West Lafayette Tree Friends Accomplishments

  • Helped fund the planting of 110 new street trees through our Operation Releaf program.
  • Planted 5 new “tribute trees” in Cumberland Park honoring friends and family of West Lafayette community members. The Tribute Trees program is new, coordinated by the Tree Friends, and funded by donations to the West Lafayette Tree Friends.
  • Watered trees from August 13 to October 21st in Amberleigh Village, Prophets Ridge, and Barberry Heights.   In total, we volunteered 45 hours watering newly planted trees.
  • Properly pruned 1,104 trees this year.
  • Developed a new electronic newsletter, a new website and are working on new marketing materials.
  • Volunteered 224.5 total hours this year valued at $4,048.07, exceeding the values of the last three years.


2016 Urban Forestry EOY Report

Tree Management Plan Summary for West Lafayette

WLTF Committee Members

Mary Campbell
Kay Conner
Georgia Dunn
Dan Dunten, City Parks liaison
Linda Eales
Gretchen Ely
Bill Evers, Chair
Don Franzmeier
Steve Green
Muriel Harris
Ann Hunt
Lynn Layden, Vice-Chair
John MacDonald
Judy Pellissier
Beverly Shaw
Bryce Patz, City Greenspace Administrator
Courtenay Wells
Don Wood, Secretary