Donate a Tree

Donate a tree in Harbor Springs Michigan

Donate-A-Tree Program


Through the Donate-A-Tree Program, Harbor Springs and its volunteer Tree Board are working to restore and enhance the treescape in our public places. You can help by considering donating the gift of a tree. The donation can be in your name, or the tree may be donated to honor someone special or to celebrate a special occasion.

All Donate-A-Tree gifts will be recognized on a unique plaque in City Hall. Tree donors and honorees will also be prominently recognized in in the Harbor Light Newspaper, bringing attention to these thoughtful gifts to the City. For information and details about the program and how you can donate a tree, please contact City Manager Tom Richards at 231-526-2104 or by email at

Tree donors and honorees:

  • Honoring the Memory of Jeffrey Kring – Given in loving memory by his Mom & Dad
  • Honoring the Memory of Cristine Granger – Given in loving memory by her parents Jeff and Lynn
  • Harbor Springs High School Class 2015
  • In Memory of Jeffrey Kring – Given in memory by and Chip Radle
  • In Memory of Christine Granger – Honoring Jeff and Lynn on behalf of Gow Litzenburger
  • In Memory of Jeffrey Kring – Honoring the Kring Family on behalf of Gow Litzenburger
  • Honoring the Memory of Chip Drotos – on behalf of the The Richey Family
  • Honoring the Memory of Lucille L. DeYoung – Given in memory by Gale & Anne Stephens
  • Honoring the Memory of Arthur Barnes – Given in memory by Cotton & John Hubard
  • Honoring the Memory of Sandy Schirmer – Given in memory by Cotton & John Hubard
  • Honoring the Memory of Arthur Barnes – Given in memory by Twink Frey
  • Honoring the Memory of Walter Fisher – Given in memory by Meredith & Hull Quarrier
  • Honoring the Memory of their Parents, Elsie & Don Isermann and Mary & Warren Von Ehren – Given in memory by Mike & Penny Isermann
  • In Celebration of William & Nancy Gurney's 50th Anniversary, Given by Peter & Sarah Gurney, and The Reskevics Family
  • Honoring the Memory of her husband, Mel Johnston, Harbor Springs High School Class of 1950

Donate-A-Tree Donation Form

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Tree Advisory Board


The City of Harbor Springs Tree Advisory Board provides guidance on the selection and planting of trees in public places throughout the community. The Board also works to enhance the community by encouraging the proper maintenance, preservation and addition of trees as well as educating the community about the benefits of trees in Harbor Springs.

Tree Board Members:

Mark Gilbert
Jeff Granger
Gow Litzenburger
Pringle Pfeifer (City Council Member)
Tom Richards (City Manager)
Susan Stewart

Locations for New Trees


Recently, trees have been added at the following locations:

  • North of City Hall and the Police Department
  • In Jean Jardine Park on Zoll Street
  • In Kosequat Park (Hoyt Street)
  • In Zorn Park
  • On State Street – Harbor Springs Middle School
  • Zoll Street Beach

To assist them in considering the best locations for new trees, the Tree Advisory Board would like your suggestions. If you know of a spot that should benefit from a new tree (either along a city street or in another public place), the Board wants to hear from you. Please make your recommendation to the City Manager by phone 231-526-2104 or email.

Report a Diseased or Damaged Tree

If you know of a tree in the public right-of-way that is dead or might be a potential safety concern, please bring it to the attention of Public Works Department Director Lucas VanderZee, 231-526-2091 or email.

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Street Trees - Tree Planting by Residents

To promote an even more attractive and healthy community, residents are encouraged to plant trees to enhance their own property as well as the right-of-way area along the City’s streets. Planting a tree adjacent to the street is permitted, but only when it has met the requirements established by the Board and the application has been approved by the City Manager.

To assist with that process, the Street Tree Planting Application helps guide you through the tree selection and permitting process. The application helps you to carefully consider all of the selection criteria and options to ensure that the proposed tree and location are well matched and in the best interest of the public’s safety and welfare. Tree Planting Applications are also available at city hall or by contacting the City Manager.

Street Tree Planting Application

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