Downtown Alleyway Regrades
The City of Fort Collins Streets Department will regrade 35 blocks of alleys in downtown Fort Collins this summer.
Regrading will take place beginning in May 2019 and run through summer 2019. A second round of regrading will begin in the fall of 2019. Alleyways will be temporarily obstructed during the regrading process. In total, 240 alleys will be regraded upon the completion of the project.
City of Fort Collins Forestry Division will support the maintenance effort by pruning trees and shrubbery, contractually, in the alleyways to allow for easy access of construction vehicles. Forestry does not typically prune alley trees due to budget constraints; this endeavor is to support the Streets Department as they work to improve the alleyways.
Invasive Insect Alert: Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a highly destructive, non-native insect that infests and kills all North American true ash species including green, white, black and blue ash, and their cultivars.
City Property Tree Care
The Forestry Division is responsible for trees on public property. This includes street trees located between the sidewalk and curb, trees in city medians, in parks and other City property. To report concerns in regards to public trees, contact the Forestry Division office at 970.221.6660 or fill out a pruning/removal request form below.
Private Property Tree Care
Property owners are responsible for their trees and can contact a private licensed tree service for tree pruning or removal. 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. Click below for a list of licensed arborists.
The Forestry Division strives to sustain a safe, healthy and attractive urban forest through frequent and sound management practices. Here are some of the ways the Forestry Division accomplishes this objective:
- A five-year pruning rotation to improve health of the urban forest
- Tree Risk Assessment of aging or declining trees to provide a safe community
- Through tree replacement and diversifying our species palette to increase resiliency
- Insect and disease identification and control
- Licensing arborists to work within City Limits to ensure quality arboricultural work and that industry standards are met
- Working with developers and landscape contractors to ensure diverse species are planted properly within the right-of-way (between curb and sidewalk) and in new developments
- Public education and outreach to engage the community in learning the benefits of the urban forest
Trees are public infrastructure that appreciate in value as they grow. This is why it is important to protect and maintain what we have. Our urban forest provides endless benefits: by sequestering and storing carbon, reducing storm water runoff, reducing energy costs as well as heat island effect through shading and of course producing oxygen.