Public property: City Forestry staff monitor and survey the entire City for infested ash and diseased oak and elm trees on public and private property throughout the year. We also take inspection requests from residents who may notice a dying tree. Infested and/or diseased trees on City property are marked and issued to one of several work crews or a contractor, who must follow the same removal guidelines and timelines as private property owners. Sites are re-inspected for compliance after the removal is complete.
Private property: City Forestry staff will contact the property owner by mail to request access to the property via a right-of-entry form to inspect and confirm the presence of an infested/diseased tree.
If an infested/diseased tree is confirmed by a Tree Inspector on the property, the tree will be marked with a painted ring and trunk diameter size for easy identification by the property owner.
A door hanger notifying the property owner of the finding will be left onsite and an official letter with next steps and supplemental resources will be mailed to the property owner.
The property owner will be required to remove the tree according to the City’s removal requirements, which will be specified in the official notification letter. Forestry staff will reinspect the site for completion of all removal requirements once the deadline has lapsed.