The Urban Forestry Division (UFD) is responsible for planting approximately 2,000 new and replacement trees during the planting season, November 1st and April 15th. UFD maintains approximately 120,200 city-owned trees of more than 80 species.
The most common services UFD provides are removal of dead trees and pruning. A tree inspection may be requested by calling the City's Customer Care Center at 3-1-1. Generally, UFD crews will try to respond with an inspection within ten working days.
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 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.
Urban Forestry will accept applications for the Adopt-A-Tree Program throughout July and August. The tree planting season will
begin in November.
Adopt-A-Tree Program is Tax Deductible
Residents may participate in the Adopt-A-Tree Program by making a tax-deductible contribution to the EnRichmond Foundation, which will go toward planting a new tree or trees. Additionally, participants
agree to water the tree for the first two years as outlined in the Application/Citizen Tree Maintenance Agreement. Trees are planted in November through the end of April. For additional information please
refer to Frequently Asked Questions.
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.