Turn Trash Into Trees

Since the inception of this program in 1980, 3.9 million pounds of newspapers and 68 tons of aluminum cans have been collected. $112,060.00 has been earned to purchase and plant 2,152 trees.

There are 3 Trash for Trees locations in Billings. In the Parking Lot of Stewarts Park(26th St. W), Veterans Park ( 13th St W), and Castle Rock Park (Wicks Lane).


Memorial Tree Program

A Memorial Tree is a great way to celebrate the life of a loved one, or maybe celebrate the birth of a new child.  Businesses may plant a tree to honor an employees accomplishment or a group may plant a tree for a special event.

Your tax deductible gift will be used to purchase trees to be planted in the Billings Parks system.  The trees will be cared for by the Forestry Division personnel.

How it works:
  1. Choose a Park from the list
  2. Choose a Tree species from the desired list
  3. Choose Plaque size (if you choose to have a plaque)

The Billings Parks Urban Forestry Staff will find the perfect place in your desired park, they will acquire and plant the tree of your choosing and guarantee its survival for up to 5 years.


Billings Big Tree Program

Billings has some amazing trees.  The Billings Big tree program is a way to celebrate trees.  Several Billings trees are State champions.

Anyone can nominate a tree for the Billings Big Tree Program.  To nominate a Big tree in Billings please provide as many measurements of the tree as possible with pictures if available to forestry@ci.billings.mt.us.

For a tree to be considered a Big Tree it must attain a point score that is higher than the previous held record.  Points are given for tree height in feet, circumference in inches, and 1/4 average crown spread (crown spread should be taken at the widest spread and at the narrowest spread) .

Example: Tree Height= 78 ft + circumference = 128″ + (average crown spread= 64ft /4)= 16 ft= 222 total points

List of Billings Big Trees

TypeSizeNominator
American Linden, Tilia americana67’ Tall, 83.5” Around, 11.75’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 162.25 PointsFred Bicha
**Black Walnut, Juglans nigra61’ Tall, 113” Around, 19’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 193 PointsSteve Riley
**Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa86’ Tall, 124” Around, 18.75’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 228.75 PointsMike Garvey
Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa Notable Mention
(possibly a hybrid species)
67’ Tall, 125” Around, 15.9’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 207.97 PointsBarb Popelka
**Catalpa, Catalpa speciosa59’ Tall, 126” Around, 9.9’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 113 PointsSteve Riley
Ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba32’ Tall, 83.5” Around, 11.75’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 162.25 PointsMike Garvey
Hackberry, Celtis occidentalis70’ Tall, 93.41” Around, 13.58’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 176.99 PointsMike Garvey
Honey Locust, Gleditsia tricanthos var. inermis73.5’ Tall, 91.06” Around, 13.66’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 178.22 PointsMike Garvey
Ohio Buckeye43’ Tall, 83.5” Around, 11.75’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 162.25 PointsFred Bicha
Plains Cottonwood113’ Tall, 365.5” Around, 24.75’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 503.25 PointsHarley ODonnell
Red Maple, Acer rubrum51’ Tall, 51.5” Around, 10.5’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 113 PointsSteve Riley
**Sycamore, Platanus occidentalis
(possibly a hybrid species)
70’ Tall, 74.14” Around, 11.2’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 155.2 PointsFred Bicha
** Denotes State Champion Trees