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Civic Governments

Urban Forestry Offices of Major American Cities

Alabama

City of Mobile - In 1997, Urban Forestry joined the Urban Development Department, further illustrating the City’s commitment to efficiency and effectiveness.

City of Florence - Urban Forestry Department oversees the City’s landscaping needs, tree planting programs, and renewal of the older urban trees.

City of Montgomery - Urban Forestry Division is charged with growing and maintaining healthy trees throughout the City of Montgomery for the public good.

Alaska

City of Anchorage Parks & Recreation - Over 10,000 acres of municipal parkland, 223 parks, 250 miles of trails and greenbelts that link neighborhoods with surrounding natural open spaces and wildlife habitat, ....

City of Wasilla - Parks & Recreation Department maintains 5 parks, 49 facilities and parking lots, 5 ball fields, and approximately 10 miles of trails.

Arizona

City of Flagstaff Fire Department - Fuel Management Division - To accomplish our mission of "Protecting Values-At-Risk", we have become environmental activists. We recognize the dire state of our forests, and that community well-being is linked to a healthy forest. Guided by the professional resource managers of our Fuel Management program, land-use planning, public preparedness and hazard mitigation are now a core technology of our Department and are widely supported by our community.

City of Phoenix Urban Forestry - To enhance Phoenix's urban forest environment by promoting tree planting and increasing awareness of proper tree care through public and community efforts.

Arkansas

City of Little Rock - Welcome to the website for the Urban Forestry Division of Little Rock Parks and Recreation. This site was created to keep you informed of Urban Forestry related programs and issues here in your community.

California

City of Los Angeles Urban Forest Program - to raise the level of understanding of our natural ecosystems within the Los Angeles Basin and to elevate a regard and appreciation for our urban forest.

City of Sacramento: Urban Forestry - Staff provides care and maintenance support to more than 150,000 city street and park trees that comprise our urban forest. They plant the right tree in the right spot; trim and prune as needed to maintain health and resident safety; and remove unhealthy, dangerous or fallen trees. Staff is trained to control insects and disease, and inspect and protect heritage trees.

City of San Diego Urban Forestry Section - oversees the planting and maintenance of trees and other vegetation along streets, sidewalks, and other City rights-of-way. The program works closely with nonprofit organizations to increase the number of trees in the City and help improve the quality of life.

City of San Francisco: Bureau of Urban Forestry - The Department of Public Works is committed to a policy of maintaining and expanding a diverse population of street trees as an essential component of the urban forest.

Colorado

City of Boulder: Urban Forestry section of the Parks and Recreation Department - is a specialized branch of tree management for trees located on city property within the city limits of Boulder. Removal of dead or diseased trees Providing development design review and enforcing tree protection codes There are approximately 30,000 street trees and 10,000 park trees under our jurisdiction.

Florida

City of Fort Lauderdale's Parks and Recreation Department, Urban Forestry - Trees are an important asset to the City of Fort Lauderdale and its citizens. For years, Fort Lauderdale has been planting trees with the help of its citizens.

City of Gainsville - Urban Forest Management oversees the team that plants, prunes, and maintains trees along Gainesville's streets, in parks, municipal buildings, and City-maintained retention ponds.

Georgia

City of Atlanta: Office of Parks - To improve, preserve, protect and maintain the City’s parks and public green spaces as a safe and enjoyable enhancement to the quality of life for all residents and visitors to the City of Atlanta.

Hawaii

City and County of Honolulu: Division of Urban Forestry - consists of an Administrative function, the Horticulture Services Branch and the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. It propagates, plants, trims, waters, and maintains shade trees, concrete planters and other ornamental plants cultivated along public roadways, and in City parks and malls.

Idaho

City of Boise: Community Forestry Unit - find out about Tree Care Information, Tree Selection Guide, ReLeaf Boise, Licensed Tree Services, Tree Steward Classes, Arbor Day, Tree Ordinance.

City of Lewiston: Urban Forestry - It is our objective to share what we have learned while developing our program and to pass along the ideas that so many others have shared with us.

Illinois

City of Chicago: Bureau of Forestry - The Bureau of Forestry trims Chicago's 500,000 parkway trees on a six-year cycle. It also coordinates the planting of 5,000 new parkways trees each year, removes 7,000 dead or damaged trees annually, grinds the wood from dead trees and branches into chips that are sold or used on playgrounds and vacant lots, co-administers the City of Chicago's Landscape Ordinance.

Indiana

City of Aurora: Trees - contacts for reaching the County Forest Preserves.

Iowa

City of Des Moines: Public Works (Forestry) - Objective: To maintain a healthy urban forest by providing expert maintenance for the City’s street trees and other trees located throughout the City-owned system of cemeteries, golf courses, and parks.

Kansas

City of Wichita: Forestry - is responsible for maintaining the aesthetic appearance of highly visible plantings and greenways in public places and carrying out a comprehensive tree planting, maintenance, and removal program.

Kentucky

Kentucky Division of Forestry: Urban Forestry Assistance Program - provides urban forestry technical assistance to municipalities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and private landowners. The main focus of the urban forestry program is to help communities develop long-term, self-sustaining urban forestry programs.

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government - The Urban Forestry Program is located in the Division of Streets, Roads and Forestry.

Maine

City of Portland - The Forestry Section of the Parks & Recreation Department has been managing Portland’s shade and ornamental trees since the mid-1800’s.

Maryland

City of Annapolis - Parks and Recreation Department

City of Baltimore - TreeBaltimore is a part of the Mayor’s Greener Baltimore initiative that seeks to double Baltimore’s tree canopy from 20 percent to 40 percent within 30 years. With this initiative, Baltimore joins the ranks of cities across the country that are aggressively working toward building a sustainable urban forest.

Massachusetts

City of Boston: Urban Forestry - The urban forest plays an important role in Boston's landscape. The urban forest consists not only of all the treed areas in Boston (streets, yards, urban wilds, cemeteries, and parks) but also shrubs, grasses, herbaceous ground cover, soil, and our waterways.

City of Worcester - The mission of the Department of Public Works and Parks is to maintain the City's water, sewer and street and traffic systems for the protection of the public’s safety and to maintain all city parks, playgrounds, beaches, and street trees, as well as maintaining the cemetery and public buildings so as to improve the quality of life for all the citizens of Worcester.

Michigan

City of Detroit: Recreation Department - The mission of the Recreation Department is to provide efficient and cost-effective world class urban forests, parks, recreation and leisure facilities, and services that enhance the physical, emotional and social environment of the Detroit community.

Minnesota

City of Minneapolis: Urban Forest - The urban forest is a major capital asset in any city. In Minneapolis, more than 979,000 trees provide incredible beauty and shade while covering more than 26% of our urban landscape.

City of St. Paul: Forestry - The Forestry Unit of Parks and Recreation is responsible for over 124,000 trees throughout the city. As part of this responsibility, Forestry must deal with planting, maintenance and removal, trimming, wood recycling, and education.

Missouri

City of Jefferson - Department of Parks & Recreation

City of Springfield: Trees and Grounds - City Tree Care and Landscaping consists of the care of 15,000 public trees, 25 acres of landscaped street medians and parkways, and 65 acres of city facilities and other properties throughout the City.

City of St. Louis: Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry - The Forestry Division is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all St. Louisans by enhancing and maintaining the surrounding environment through a variety of services and programs offered through its four sections:

Montana

City of Helena - Tree Maintenance

Nebraska

City of Lincoln: Our Community Forest - of Parks and Recreation Department is the section that provides maintenance, and upkeep of 99 miles of trails, 114 parks, gardens, plazas, malls, islands and/or conservancies (covering nearly 5100 acres), 11 outdoor pools, 8 recreation centers, two dog run parks, and over 127,800 city trees in Lincoln.

Nevada

City of Reno: Urban Forestry - Our urban forest encompasses trees and vegetation on both public and private property within the city limits. A dedicated staff of arborists and a professional Urban Forester maintain over 22,000 publicly owned trees in city parks and along public streets. Their work is vital to both public safety and tree preservation.

New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Parks and Forestry Community Forestry Program ensures more livable communities through the care and management of trees.

New Mexico

City of Albuquerque - All of Albuquerque is an urban forest. In fact, the trees in your yard are part of the urban forest that keeps our city clean and cool. Over the years, the people in Albuquerque have invested millions of dollars in the municipal forest. Citizens are now receiving a return on that investment.

New York

City of New York: Forestry Services - provides access to the following forestry services: street tree, planting, sidewalk repair, wood debris/damaged trees, tree work permit, stump removal, tree pruning, illegal tree work, dead tree removall

City of New York: Trees & Greenstreets - PlaNYC includes a number of groundbreaking greening initiatives, including planting street trees in all possible locations, creating 800 new greenstreets, and reforesting 2,000 acres of parkland.

North Carolina

City of Durham - The Urban Forestry division provides arboriculture service and consultation to the residents of Durham on issues relating to the trees on City property and rights-of-way. This division is dedicated to the pruning, planting, removal and protection of trees using the latest arboriculture techniques and safety standards.

City of Raleigh - Urban forestry is the management, including planting of trees and other plants for their contribution to the physiological, sociological, aesthetic, environmental and economic well-being of urban society.

North Dakota

City of Bismark - The forestry department is either directly or indirectly responsible for the care and maintenance of trees growing on land owned by the City of Bismarck

Ohio

Ohio Division of Forestry - Ohio’s Urban Forestry Program was created in 1979 within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to promote trees and other vegetation as tools to enhance the quality of life within our cities and villages. Our purpose is to provide community officials and allied agencies with the organizational and technical ability to effectively manage the trees along streets, within parks, and on public grounds. Through a statewide network of regional urban foresters, we help communities manage their urban forest resources to meet their local needs.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City: NeighborWoods Program - Maintaining the balance between accommodating urban development and preserving the urban forest is a challenge.

Oregon

City of Salem: Urban Forestry Program - There are 130,000+ street trees in Salem located in the right-of-way or parking or curb strips. These trees are the responsibility of the City of Salem Department of Community Services, Parks Operations Division.

South Carolina

City of Columbia: Forestry & Beautification Department - is responsible for maintaining a healthy tree canopy and for installing and maintaining gateways and landscape projects on public property. The Forestry & Beautification Department works with citizens to help them comply with regulations regarding trees and landscaping on the right-of-way.

South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Agriculture: Resource Conservation and Forestry - We provide Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) assistance for establishing tree boards, development of tree ordinances, organization of street tree inventories, organization of tree planting projects and advice in the proper care of trees. We help identify and control insect or disease problems.

Texas

Texas Forest Service Urban Forestry - The urban forestry section of the Texas Forest Service website. The mission of the Texas Forest Service Urban Forestry Program is to help build self-sustaining urban forestry and tree care programs in Texas communities.

Utah

Salt Lake City: Urban Forestry - The Forestry program will contribute to the economic, aesthetic, social and environmental well being of the city and its customers by providing public trees safe, cost effective, and professional care.

Virginia

City of Richmond: Public Works - Urban Forestry Division maintains the more than 150,000 City-owned trees of more than 100 species that provide shade, greenery, and character to our neighborhoods, streets, and parks.

Washington

City of Olympia - has a long tradition of urban forestry. Named a "Tree City USA" for 14 years, in 2007 the City of Olympia's Urban Forestry Program received the Association of Washington Cities' Certificate of Excellence for its "Healthy Urban Forests for Everyone!" outreach program.

City of Seattle: ReLeaf - Seattle's urban trees add value to our community in many ways; they beautify our surroundings, absorb stormwater and climate-disrupting gases, clean the air, reduce erosion and increase property values.

Wisconsin

City of Madison: Parks Forestry - provides tree planting, trimming and maintenance for over 100,000 trees along Madison's 700 miles of city streets. In addition, the Forestry section is responsible for hundreds of thousands of trees that are located in the City's parks, golf courses, cemetery and greenways.

City of Milwaukee - Forestry Services is responsible for the design, planning, planting and management of trees, boulevards, landscapes, greenspaces and beautification projects within the City of Milwaukee. The primary goal of Forestry Services is to efficiently manage the urban landscape to provide better quality of life for our citizens and visitors. This effort seeks to maximize the environmental and psychological benefits of the urban forest, while enhancing both landscape and property values.

Wyoming

Cheyenne - The Urban Forestry Operation is a Division of the City of Cheyenne Parks & Recreation Department