Protecting Arkansas’s forests, and those who enjoy them, from wildland fire and natural hazards while promoting rural and urban forest health, stewardship, development, and conservation for all generations of Arkansans

Free Tree Fridays

Adding trees to your yard or to the community forest is beneficial to all Arkansans, and spring is an excellent time to plant trees! In honor of Arkansas Arbor Day, celebrated annually on the 3rd Monday in March, and National Arbor Day, celebrated annually on the last Friday of April, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Forestry Division hosts bare-root seedling giveaways at various locations across the state.

The Arbor Day act of planting a tree gives hope that the tree will grow to provide clean air and water, cooling shade, habitat for wildlife, healthier communities, and natural beauty. The idea for the annual Free Tree Fridays campaign started in 2021 when Grant County Ranger Troy Wood requested an Arbor Day celebration giveaway in his county.

Species vary based on location, but all are native Arkansas hardwood species. There is a limit of three seedlings per person. Additional seedlings may be purchased in larger quantities from Baucum Nursery.

For additional information, contact Kristine Kimbro, Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator, at

How to Plant your Bare Root Tree