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Welcome to Fort Collins, Colorado, an annual Tree City, USA award recipient for the last 33 years. Our staff prides itself in its commitment to maintaining our urban forest. The Forestry staff, within the Forestry Division, maintains more than 40,000 city property trees.

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Tree Damage Information for Snow Storm on March 23, 2016

Some trees have been damaged in Fort Collins from the March 23 snow storm. The City Forestry Division is responsible for City trees. For trees on private property the property owner is responsible for tree pruning or removal.

City Trees

The Forestry Division is responsible for trees owned by the City. These are street trees located between the sidewalk and curb, trees in city medians, in parks and those located on other City property.  City trees that are broken will be checked by Forestry staff and scheduled for pruning or in some cases removal if the damage is serious enough.  The Forestry Division appreciates hearing from citizens about the location of  storm damaged City trees. Contact the Forestry Division office at 970-221-6660 to report a broken City tree.

Private Trees

Property owners are responsible for their trees and can contact a private licensed tree service for pruning or removing a storm damaged tree. Businesses that make tree pruning or removal cuts at 10 feet or greater above the ground when working within the City limits are required to be licensed by the City of Fort Collins. Licensed tree services have the skills needed to prune or remove a tree correctly.  Homeowners can prune their own trees. Tree work can be dangerous and if not done correctly can further damage a tree. Using a skilled professional to do tree work can help insure that a damaged tree has the best chance for recovery.


Branches from private trees can be chipped by a private tree service or hauled to Hageman Earth Cycle located on East Prospect.  Limbs can also be hauled to the Larimer County landfill.  With the relatively small amount of damage that has occurred to the urban forest in Fort Collins the City will not be picking up limbs from private trees or providing a location where they can be hauled to.
View the Quick Guide to Caring for Storm Damaged Trees

Invasive Insect Alert: Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

This small beetle, originally from Asia, is responsible for killing over 50 million Ash trees in the United States. Many Eastern and Midwestern municipalities have lost nearly all of their Ash trees due to this deadly pest. Emerald Ash Borer is now present in Boulder, Colorado. The State Department of Agriculture and USDA/APHIS have issued an Ash Quarantine for all of Boulder County, which prohibits the movement of any Ash material out of the Quarantine Area.

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Feel free to contact Forestry (970)221-6660 regarding the following:

Services on City Trees and Property

  • Tree pruning, removal and requests
  • Tree planting, questions and requests
  • Hazard tree identification and inspection
  • Insect and disease identification and control
  • Tree work permits on City property (pruning, removal and planting)
  • Trees blocking traffic signs and signals

General Services

  • Arborist licensing
  • General information, literature and presentations on trees (City Park Tree Tour, Notable Tree Tour, Champion Trees etc)
  • Tree mulch program
  • Tree insect and disease notification (Dutch Elm Disease, Mountain Pine Beetle and Ips Beetle)
  • Private hazard trees threatening public property
  • Development review
  • Arbor Day program
  • Memorial tree program

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a place to drop off tree limbs I've pruned from my tree?

The City does not accept tree limbs or any yard waste. However, there are some local business that do accept yard waste and tree limbs for recycling.

Where can I get free mulch?

There are two locations - 1: City Recycling Drop-Off Facility (1702 Riverside Ave); and 2: in the parking lot at the Gardens on Spring Creek (2145 Centre Ave). Mulch is placed in the bins each week, but at no specific time or day of week. If the bin(s) are empty, you'll have to check again on another day. People may take as much mulch as they need; not for commercial businesses.

I cut down my pine tree that had Mountain Pine Beetle, what do I do with the wood?

There are three options: 1) You can have a company come to your house and chip all the wood and then use the mulch yourself, or have that company haul it away. 2) You can take all the wood to the Larimer County Landfill to have it buried. You need to let them know it's infested wood, so please contact them at 970-498-5760 to find out what to do when you get to the landfill. 3) You can strip the bark from the wood, and then use the wood as you wish; but this is a tedious process and may not be worth the work. In addition, the bark would still have to be taken to the landfill.