Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District (LSWCD)/Loudoun County
Tree Planting Program

What is it?

A voluntary program to help fund the cost of planting streamside vegetative buffers on non-agricultural land.

Who is eligible?

Owners of non-agricultural land within Loudoun County.  Sites with riparian (streamside) planting areas will be given priority. This includes private land, commercial/industrial properties, or Home Owners Association property.

How much funding is available?

A total of $70,000 (up to $7,000 per acre for the cost of labor and materials for new plantings).

How does the reimbursement work?

Landowners will be reimbursed after planting, following the submission of receipts and a copy of the recorded Declaration of Restrictions to preserve the planting area and a site inspection by LSWCD or County staff.  A follow-up site inspection will occur at one year to evaluate the planting success criteria (75% survival with uniform distribution).  Additional planting may be required to achieve the success criteria.

What do I have to plant?

1) 260 native deciduous trees/acre (150 Canopy/110 Understory), 3-gallon, planted 13 ft. on center.


2) 450 native deciduous tublings/acre (250 Canopy/200 Understory – with tree tubes, stapled mats, and stakes), planted 10 ft. on center.


3) Optional Evergreens:  Up to 25% of the canopy trees may be evergreen species.

4) Optional Shrubs:  80, one-gallon, native shrubs (border planting – one shrub every five feet).

The planting area shall be a minimum of 35 feet wide and a maximum of 100 feet wide and shall include a minimum of three different species per category (canopy and understory) selected from the approved plant list, or otherwise approved.

How do I apply?

Applications are currently being accepted.  

Where can I buy plants?

Any landscape or nursery business and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Tree Planting Fact Sheet LSWCD Updated 2021

Chris Van Vlack – chris.vanvlack@lswcd.org

Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District

30 Catoctin Circle, SE Suite H

Leesburg, VA 20175