Urban Forestry is responsible for management of the street trees and implementation and enforcement of the Tree Ordinance.
The tree ordinance is the law that governs trees in tree row and right of way within the city. In a Nut shell –
· The ordinance requires the city have an Urban Forester on staff.
· Established the Tree Advisory Board to advise staff on tree relates issues
· Requires a permit to plant, prune, chemically treat or remove a tree.
· Urban Forester must authorize permits.
· Maintenance of the trees is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner.
· The city will remove high risk trees for public safety as identified by the urban forester.
The urban forester will evaluate trees upon request.
· Pruning permit
· Emerald Ash Borer
· Tree removal
· Tree replacement
· Tree planting
· Risk assessment
Residents simply call the 311 Citizen Call Center and provide the operator the information. For quickest response, please provide an email address.
Risk Assessment – If the Urban forester determines that the tree is a threat to public safety the city will have the tree removed and stump ground at no cost to the property owner. If the tree is not a risk to public safety the city can take no action.
Pruning Permit – After evaluation the urban forester will make recommendations for the health of the tree and provide guidelines for pruning. The property owner must hire a licensed and bonded contractor who is responsible for obtaining the $25.00 permit. The city cannot make recommendations to which contractors to hire.
Emerald Ash Borer – After evaluation a permit may be issued for treatment. The property owner must hire a licensed and bonded contractor who is responsible for obtaining the $25.00 permit. Please note that the city cannot make recommendations. Visit the EAB page for more or more information.
Tree Removal - Removal request are approved for various reasons based on the health of the tree.
Tree Replacement - As funds are available the city will plant trees. Proposed planting sites will be evaluated to determine the right tree for the right place. For more information.
The 5 year urban forest management plan is an action plan; it gives the city detailed information, recommendations, and resources needed to effectively and proactively manage public trees. The management plan is written by the urban forester with input from Tree Advisory Board and the community.