Urban Forest Storm Response#
Limb Drop Off Location Updates
Both sites are free and open for residential limb drop off through May 7, 2021.
CSU Old Hughes Stadium Site
- Hughes Stadium Site is open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Please be prepared to wait during high traffic periods
- Ability to operate site is dependent on weather and ground conditions, and may be subject to closing without notice
- Check webpage and social media for updates regarding site closure
Hageman Earth Cycle
- Hageman Earth Cycle is scheduled to be open Mondays - Saturdays, operating under normal hours
- Commercial drop off is available for an additional fee
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.
- 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.
- 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
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#
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.
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.
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.
- If the tree limb is from a public tree, please contact the City of Fort Collins Forestry Division by emailing email@example.com.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.