Public Works' Urban Forestry Division is currently responsible for planting approximately 2,000
new and replacement trees each planting season - between November 1st and April 15th.
They also maintain approximately 110,000 city-owned
trees of more than 80 species that provide shade, greenery, and character to our
neighborhoods, streets, and parks.
The most common services provided by Urban Forestry include removal of dead trees
and pruning when limbs are dead or posing a hazard. A tree inspection may be requested
by calling the City's Customer Care Center at 3-1-1. Generally, we can respond with
an inspection within ten working days. What services may be provided - either by
city crews or a contractor - and the time required to provide them will depend on
the situation and how it ranks against other requests based on demand and severity.
The Urban Forestry Division also assists with community education regarding tree
care, including speaking to neighborhood groups, conducting tree identification
walks, and working with the city Tree Stewards program.
For more than 20 consecutive years, the National Arbor Day Foundation has bestowed upon Richmond the distinction of
Tree City USA.
Only 56 communities and three universities throughout the Commonwealth have received the designation to date.
This STRATUM (Street Tree Resource Analysis Tool for Urban-Forest Managers) will
enable the city of Richmond to better assess its street tree resource. It also will
provide a means for the city’s Urban Forestry Division to garner more support for
their program, secure funding for initiatives and provide baseline data to improve
division management. Click on the heading to read the report.
Permits for maintenance or removal of city trees are issued by the Urban Forestry
Division in certain cases free of charge. A tree inspection may be requested by
calling the City's Customer Care Center at 3-1-1.