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Urban Forestry is stewardship of the local environment through planning for and management of trees growing throughout a city. These trees may include individuals or groups of trees growing in locations such as residential areas, street right-of-ways, park land, around businesses, on undeveloped lots, or really anywhere that trees might grow within an urban area. Another major component of urban forestry is education about and advocacy for the many environmental, economic, health, and social benefits that trees and natural ecosystems provide.
For information about Urban Forestry in Edmond, view the links below:
The Urban Forestry Department offers a tree consultation service for people who live inside Edmond City Limits. To inquire about visiting on site with an Edmond urban forester, call Leigh at 359-4759 or Jesse at 359-4739.
Newly planted trees often experience “transplant shock”, or stress caused by root disturbance at planting and adjustment to the new growing environment. Transplant shock may be avoided by ensuring that resources are readily available during those first few years while the tree is getting established in its new location. Here are a few tips to help your tree make it to establishment:
To learn more maintenance tips for trees, view Tips for Growing Healthy Trees.
Any trees growing outside of the public right-of-way are not eligible for tree work administered by the city, except through the CDBG Neighborwoods program. However, the Urban Forestry Department has a program for assisting with high risk tree issues on street trees, or trees with the trunk originating within the public right-of-way. To inquire about this program, call Leigh at 359-4759 or Jesse at 359-4739.
Participants in the Foster-A-Tree program must meet the following requirements:
Please view Foster-A-Tree for more information and to fill out the online registration form if you are eligible.
The City of Edmond does not currently require permits for pruning or removal of trees on residential properties. However, property owners are responsible for trees on their property, as well as in the right-of-way adjacent to their property. Provisions about maintenance responsibility for trees within the City may be found in Title 2, Chapter 92.
While the City cannot recommend specific vendors, the Urban Forestry Department recommends hiring only trained tree care professionals for tree issues. When choosing a tree care professional, the following are recommended:
The City of Edmond offers multiple opportunities for free trees throughout the year. See below for more information:
Edmond Electric performs routine pruning on trees around utility lines. However, they do not prune trees for private service lines. For questions about utility pruning, contact Jesse Martin at 359-4739.
The City does not regulate tree management on private property.
Urban Forestry offers multiple programs which promote community engagement. See below for some of the ways you can participate in enhancing Edmond’s urban forest: