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Urban Forest Storm Response#

Over the weekend of March 12-14, 2021, Fort Collins received up to 27 inches of snow. Damage occurred to many trees. The Forestry Division has completed its assessment of damage and begun the 6-9 month clean-up. Patience is appreciated as both City and private contract crews are working as quickly as possible.

Private vs public-owned trees, limb drop off and FAQs are outlined below.

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Next Steps#

City-Owned Trees:#

  • City Streets and Forestry crews, in partnership with licensed contractors, will continue identifying damaged trees, removing immediate hazards, and clearing downed limbs and branches.
  • Forestry has prioritized resources based on the present hazards and will work to clean up any trees that are hanging and at risk of falling, blocking the right of way on streets, alleys or sidewalks first. Crews will then move on to branches and limbs that are already on the ground and require removal.
  • The Streets Department is currently focusing in the Old Town core, Area 1, of the Urban Forest Storm Response Plan. Within this area, the zone most severely impacted is denoted by the following streets as borders: Riverside Ave (east), Prospect Rd (south), Taft Hill Rd (west) and Vine Dr (north). Clean-up efforts have begun in the western portion of this area and will continue in this zone until hazards and downed limbs are removed.

TreeKeeper, the City’s tree management software, can be used to identify City-owned trees.

Privately-Owned Trees:#

  • Community-members are responsible to clear any debris/limbs that have fallen into the public right-of-way from a privately-owned tree. Community members who own trees that have downed or hanging limbs, or are in need of other assistance, should contact a licensed arborist.
  • Free public drop off sites are being made available for community members to drop off tree limbs. Sites will be available from March 27 through May 7. Visitors should be prepared to show proof of Fort Collins residency (with ID, utility bill, etc...) See below for site information and hours.
  • To report hazards or trees that are blocking the right of way, that are not City-owned, please email Access Fort Collins or call 970.224.6046. These will be sent to the City’s Code Compliance Department and then routed to Forestry, when needed.
  • For the protection and safety of property owners, any contractor hired for tree removal activities must be licensed through the city before beginning work.

Free Limb Drop Off Sites#

Hageman Earth Cycle

Address: 3501 E Prospect Rd, Fort Collins, CO, 80525

Phone: (970) 221-7173

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Closed on Sundays, hours are weather permitting
  • Commercial limb drop-off will be available but not supported financially by the City at Hageman Earth Cycle

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CSU's Old Hughes Stadium Site

Address: 2400 Block of S Overland Rd, Access on Dixon Canyon Rd

Hours: 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Open weather and site permitting - check back here for updates on hours
  • Accepting residential limb drop off only

Frequently Asked Questions#

Will the City be doing a tree limb pick up? If so, when?highlight_off

The Streets Department will be focusing limb pick-up within the street boundaries of Riverside Ave (east), Prospect Rd (south), Taft Hill Rd (west) and Vine Dr (north). This area was identified as the most severely impacted by the snowstorm. These curbside pick-up efforts began Monday, March 22, in the western portion of this area and will continue in this zone until hazards and downed limbs are removed.

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How do I determine which trees are public versus private trees?highlight_off

Typically, City maintained trees reside between the curb and sidewalk along trees and also exist in City parks, cemeteries, golf courses, City facilities and many detention areas. Please visit the City’s Public Tree inventory to find public trees near you or your concern.

Where can I take my tree limbs? Is there anywhere I can take them for no charge?highlight_off

The City is providing two free limb drop-off sites: Hageman’s Earth Cycle and CSU’s old Hughes Stadium Site. 

Free limb drop-off information

A tree limb from my neighbor’s tree fell in my yard. Who is responsible?highlight_off

Please work closely with your neighbor on this matter. If the limb is small enough to cut up, please utilize the two free limb drop-off locations. If the limb is too large to handle, please contact a City of Fort Collins licensed arborist

There is a tree limb blocking a public street, sidewalk, alley way. What can be done?highlight_off
  1. If the tree limb is from a public tree, please contact the City of Fort Collins Forestry Division by emailing forestry@fcgov.com.
  2. If the tree resides from a private residence or business, please contact a City of Fort Collins Licensed Arborist.
There is a tree limb blocking a walkway/parking lot in my apartment complex. What can be done?highlight_off
  1. If the tree limb is from a public tree, please contact the City of Fort Collins Forestry Division by emailing forestry@fcgov.com.
  2. If the tree resides from a private residence or business, please contact your apartment complex’s maintenance staff or landlord and they can contact a City of Fort Collins Licensed Arborist.
The City plowed snow and it is blocking my driveway, sidewalk, car, etc. What can be done?highlight_off

It is rare that the City removes snow from residential streets. When a snowstorm prevents residents from moving within the community, the Streets Department will make one path down residential streets.

If a driveway is blocked, please call the Streets Department’s front office at (970) 221-6615 and staff will evaluate requests for removal on a case-by-case basis.

Snow Removal Information

I'm having an issue with ice buildup on my sidewalk because of drainage. What should I do?highlight_off

Contact the Streets department at 970-221-6615 to be added to the ice-cutting list. 

Snow Removal Information

When am I required to shovel my sidewalk?highlight_off

City code states that residents have 24 hours after the end of new accumulation to clear sidewalks of any snow and/or ice – there is no minimum amount

What if I am out of town when it snows?highlight_off

Colorado typically sees snow October through May so it is recommended you plan for snow removal if you are out of town accordingly. Get friendly with the neighbors, hire a contractor, ask a friend in town to swing by your property if you know it’s going to snow while you’re away. It is still the property owners responsibility to clear their public sidewalk, regardless if they are in town or not.

What if I need help removing my sidewalk snow?highlight_off

It is recommended folks reach out to friends, family members or neighbors for immediate assistance. Nextdoor.com has been proven to be a very useful tool to reach out to willing and able neighbors with snow removal (and other projects).The City also has a program for elderly and disabled citizens called Adopt a Neighbor. Folks can request assistance (or sign up to volunteer) by visiting the website for more info.

Adopt a Neighbor Information