Occasionally, the Forestry Department needs to remove infested, diseased, or hazardous trees from the parkway and public lands. Removing a tree is always a sensitive topic, but the primary reason for removing any tree is the tree poses a safety or health risk to residents and/or other trees.
When a tree on the parkway is considered unhealthy or a risk by a resident or identified as such during our cyclic tree trimming program, the forester will conduct an evaluation using a resistograph to determine the amount of decay on the defective portion of the tree.
The rule of thumb applied is for every one inch of decay, the tree must have five inches of sound wood to support tree structure. If the tree is deemed to be a public safety hazard, the forester will remove the tree or contract service, depending on the size and scope of work to be performed.
Tree Evaluation on Private Property
If a tree is identified as infested or diseased but is on private property, the Village Forester will contact the property owner and request removal within 30 days upon receipt of notice.
Removing a tree from private property is the responsibility of the property owner. Public Works will only remove trees from the parkway or public lands.