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May 18, 2017 - City of Boulder Urban Forestry Monitoring Tree Damage Caused by Late Season Snowstorm

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Media Contacts:
Denise White, Parks and Recreation, 303-413-7258
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155

City of Boulder Urban Forestry monitoring tree damage caused by late season snowstorm

Currently, the City of Boulder’s Urban Forestry Division of the Parks and Recreation Department is monitoring tree damage caused by an ongoing late season heavy, wet snowfall. The present snowstorm, anticipated to continue through Friday, May 19, is creating widespread damage in a range of severity to trees across the city. The scope of the tree damage will be assessed over the next week to determine priority sites as clean-up efforts get underway.

Urban Forestry manages about 50,000 public trees in city parks and street rights-of-way. When severe storms knock over or damage public trees, Urban Forestry responds with the following priorities:

  • Open emergency route streets
  • Open all streets
  • Remove downed public trees on houses
  • Remove hazardous trees from public property; limbs on the ground are considered a lower priority than removing hanging limbs from a tree.

The city would also like to ask residents attempting to clear tree limbs on their property, or trying to get around town, to please consider the following tips:

  • Be aware that trees and tree branches are breaking across the city. Please be extremely careful not to stand under trees with a snow load until the snow has fallen or melted from the tree.
  • All tree species are vulnerable to breakage in this storm.
  • You can report tree damage in the Public Right of Way or broken trees and limbs hanging over streets and sidewalks to the City’s Urban Forestry Division at 303-441-4406.
  • The Forestry Division does not care for trees on private property. If you need to contract with a specialist, the city recommends using a tree care company licensed through the City of Boulder. The list of licensed arborists is found on

For more information about the City of Boulder’s Urban Forestry Department, please visit

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