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    ​​City of Grand Rapids Forestry Division

    Priority 1 Forestry Initiative
    The City of Grand Rapids is moving forward with a major forestry initiative aimed at maximizing public safety and reducing long-term tree maintenance costs.  Based on a street, park and cemetery tree inventory completed in late 2016, the City plans to address all trees identified by the inventory as Priority 1 for removal or pruning. ​Learn more.​

    The Forestry division of the Public Services Department is responsible for the overall management of the City of Grand Rapids’ urban forest. Working with citizens and other agencies, Forestry provides key services and technical expertise for the planning, planting, and maintenance of the City’s estimated 62,000 street trees and 20,000 park trees.  These services include:

    • Pruning to maintain and enhance the health, vigor, and economic value of each individual tree
    • Removing diseased, dead, and dying trees for public safety and health of the urban forest
    • Clearing traffic signs, signals, street lights, and visibility obstructions
    • Maintaining road clearances
    • Planning, planting, and maintaining new trees each year through a pro-active tree planting program
    • Providing ongoing treatment of over 1,400 ash trees to protect against Emerald Ash Borer
    • Providing 24-hour emergency response services for tree-related emergencies
    • Providing plan review, technical advice, and site inspection on development and construction projects
    • Coordinating tree preservation, maintenance, and removal projects with local utilities and agencies
    • Responding to citizen inquiries and complaints and providing professional advice to the community
    • Diagnosing tree problems and prescribing corrective/risk reduction actions
    • Promoting and supporting tree planting on private land to increase long term canopy potential through partnership ventures with other agencies and private groups such as Friends of Grand Rapids Parks​
    ​Grand Rapids’ trees reduce energy consumption, reduce carbon dioxide levels, improve air quality, mitigate stormwater runoff, and provide other benefits associated with aesthetics, increased property values, and quality of life. Trea


    tCall 616-456-3000 for more information

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