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Forestry

 Contact Information

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.


European Elm Scale Control Trials

Beginning Wednesday, June 6th, City Forestry will be participating in European Elm Scale Control trials in cooperation with Rainbow Tree Care, Davey Tree Care and CSU. There will be 5 different protocols used that will involve soil drenching right at the base of certain trees, trunk treatments on certain trees, foliar spraying on some trees and trunk injections on others. The chemicals to be used are all approved for use on elm scale and will be applied in a manner to minimize exposure and risk to the public. However, due to the nature of the trials the chemical names will not be released until after the trial. This helps to eliminate bias and give proprietary information to the research. These treatments should pose no significant risk to park visitors and adjacent property owners. The soil injections will be supervised on June 6th and the spray application will be performed in the early morning on June 7th (weather dependent). All rules and application laws will be strictly adhered to by all involved.

Call Molly Roche, Forestry Specialist (224-616-1992) with any questions.

 


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


Services on City Trees and Property

Group of people planting a tree
 
  • 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

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. 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.


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

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.


Limbs

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.