About Us

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…

WLTF Receive First City Volunteer Award
In Recognition Of An Entire Group!

The WLTF are honored to be 2018’s recipient of the West Lafayette’s Volunteer Recognition Award. In the past this award has been bestowed to individuals. But this year the City awarded this recognition to an entire group! We are so proud to have been honored as a group. We enjoy our “work” to prune, protect and plant our “friends” who give us such beauty, shade and fresh air.

Please read the following excerpt from Mayor John Dennis’ letter:

“Dear West Lafayette Tree Friends,

Citizens like you who tirelessly work to improve the quality of life for others benefit our community in many, many ways. I would like to congratulate the members of your organization on being selected as a 2018 Volunteer Recognition Award recipient.

The presentation of the award will be held at the 8th Annual City Summit. The City Summit will take place during the February 5th City Council Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at Morton Community Center.”



2016 Urban Forestry EOY Report

Tree Management Plan Summary for West Lafayette

Looking Towards The FutureDeveloping a West Lafayette Urban Forestry Master Plan


Monthly meeting minutes

WLTF Strategic Plan – Approved August 2021

WLTF Bylaws – Approved October 12, 2021

WLTF Executive Committee

Dennis Schlott, Chair
Nanci Fortney, Vice-chair
Don Wood, Secretary
Lynn Layden, Treasurer
Bill Evers, Member-At-Large and Chair, Fundraising
Bill Gass, Chair, Communications
Bryce Patz, Community Forestry and Greenspace Manager