I want the City to plant a tree in the parkway near my home.

When funding is available, DPW replaces/plants trees in the spring and/or fall according to the "Right Tree, Right Place" concept. Therefore, all aspects of the tree and the planting location are considered from the ultimate height of the tree, root zone, overhead utilities, sidewalks, etc. This concept minimizes damage to sidewalks and curbs, reduces conflicts with utilities and provides the best opportunity for a tree to grow to maturity. Based on this concept, the City has developed a list of approved street trees which are suitable for planting along City streets. 

While the City focuses on native tree species that provide food for wildlife, biodiversity, habitat and more (around 80% of recent plantings were native), the City also recognizes that our urban/suburban environment presents non-native conditions compared to a native, undeveloped landscape. Street trees must be resistant to unnatural stressors like air pollution, heat island effects, pests, road-salt, compacted soils and small spaces for roots. In some cases, non-native species are better suited for these conditions, more resistant to stressors/drought and are more likely to reach maturity and survive long term. To ensure a healthy, mature urban forest, the "Right Tree, Right Place" principles must be considered and the City's approved species list (which includes non-native species) reflects that need. However, it is important to note that "non-native" and "exotic" species differ from "invasive" species. Invasive trees can cause damage to the environment, other trees, insects, humans and wildlife. Non-native trees are simply those that did not historically exist in the area, but do not pose a threat to the native environment. 

If you would like the parkway near your home to be considered for a potential tree planting, fill out this form. Note: this does not guarantee a tree will be planted this year or in any year. Several factors are considered when selecting areas to be planted, but this lets the City know you are willing to help care for a future tree near your home should your area be targeted for plantings. If the space is viable, funding is available and your turn is up, you will receive a letter ahead of the planting indicating that it is forthcoming and plantings only occur in spring and fall.

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1. Do I need a permit to remove a tree on private property?
2. Can I perform work on the City street tree in front of my property?
3. Can I plant a tree in the city parkway?
4. I want the City to plant a tree in the parkway near my home.
5. Why doesn't the City allow maples to be planted along streets?