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Forestry

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.

Insect Alert: Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer has been detected in Colorado. On Septemeber 23, 2013 Emerald ash borer was found in Boulder, Colorado. Emerald Ash Borer is a very aggressive insect that is responsible for killing an estimated 50 million ash trees in 21 different states. It is important to understand that the movement of this insects to primarily caused by the movement of ash wood. For more information about detection, prevention, and treatment please visit the Colorado department of Agriculture website.

SCR! (47K)Tree Planting at Spring Canyon Park

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 Recylcing 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 commerical 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.

Forestry

Physical Address: 413 South Bryan Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: (970) 221.6660
Fax: (970) 221-6849