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Last Updated: 2016-05-03

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Congratulations City of Richmond for being designated a “Tree City USA” for the 25th consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation. Click here for more information.

Tree City USA


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.

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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.

                                          Tree City USA

For 25 consecutive years, the National Arbor Day Foundation has bestowed upon Richmond the distinction of Tree City USA. Only 46 communities, eight military bases, and three universities throughout the Commonwealth have received the designation to date.

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Year                Tree Planting           
2009 1,068
2010 1,104
2011 1,988
2012 2,088
2013 2,250
2014 2,245
2015 1,988  (proposed)
2016 Coming Soon!

STRATUM Sample Survey of Street Trees

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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.

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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.

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