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  • City Arborist: Steve Harris - 473-4330 Ext. 3014  

    Syracuse 2016 State of Urban Forest Shapes Planning
    Syracuse, NY (October 3, 2016) – A recently released 2016 State of the Urban Forest report found that Syracuse’s public trees provide an estimated $2 in benefits for every $1 spent on management costs. Here’s how this data — and more — is helping with the City’s master planning process. >>Click here


    Tree Planting Policy  



    Forestry FAQ's  



    Tree Species Planted  





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    City Plans for Emerald Ash Borer
    Invasion - Video  

    Tree and Human Health May Be Linked  

     Jan. 16, 2013  - Evidence is increasing from multiple scientific fields that exposure to the natural environment can improve human health. In a new study by the U.S. Forest Service, the presence of trees was associated with human health. >> Click here for more  

    The Forestry Department provides a continuous program of tree planting, trimming, removal, and stump removal of City street and park trees in order to maintain a safe, healthy and abundant tree population.  To accomplish this, trees with broken or storm damaged limbs must be trimmed, while trees which die, are diseased, or present other safety hazards must be removed before they are allowed to become a danger to city residents. Routine trimming and removals are done year round and stump grinding is done as weather permits. Tree stumps are ground three inches below grade and wood chips from the stump are placed in the depression and level with the existing grade. Topsoil and grass seed is not provided by the city. To report a city tree problem such as a downed or hanging limb, dead/dying/diseased tree, or a routine trimming request please call 448-CITY (2489) for an inspection or  click here  to report it online.

    *Please note, according to city ordinance, no person shall remove any tree, trim branches, or plant any tree or shrub in a city right-of-way or public place without a written permit from the City Arborist. For more information or to obtain a permit, please contact (315) 473-4330.

    Street tree planting is done by homeowner request during the Spring and Fall of each year. Planting requests are honored on a first come first serve basis. A tree planting site inspection will be conducted to determine if a tree can be planted and the best type of tree for that location. Site limitations must be evaluated before choosing a tree. "The right tree for the right location" cannot be over-emphasized. See below for the City of Syracuse  Tree Planting Policy  and  List of Street Trees planted by the Forestry Department . To request a street tree planting in front of your property please  click here  or call (315) 448-CITY (2489) for a planting inspection

    Please note, per city ordinance, no person shall trim or remove any tree in the city right of way without a written permit from the City Arborist.  Tree planting shall not take place in the city right of way or public space without a written permit from the City Arborist.  This applies to all property owner, developers and utilities. For more information or to obtain a permit, please contact (315) 473-4330.

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