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Forestry and Horticulture

Forestry and Horticulture

The Urban Forestry and Horticulture section of the Parks and Recreation Department manages about 38,000 public trees in city parks and street rights-of-way and more than 200 landscape flower and shrub beds in city parks.

The Urban Forestry Section is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe urban forest as well as preserving an extensive and diverse tree cover for future generations. A collateral benefit is maximizing the visual, social, economic, and environmental services this natural resource has to offer for our residents and visitors. These efforts have earned the City of Boulder the Tree City USA designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1984.

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Services and Programs

  • Rotational pruning for tree health and safety of both trees in city parks and in the public street rights-of-way
  • Street tree planting program
  • Removal of dead, diseased or potentially dangerous trees
  • Tree safety inspection program
  • Integrated pest management program
  • Commercial tree program
  • Maintenance of more than 200 landscape flower and shrub beds in city parks
  • Coordination of the Adopt-A-Flower Bed program
  • Providing development design review and enforcement of tree protection codes
  • Arborist licensing
  • Emergency response after major storm events
  • Tree watering and mulching
  • Tree inventory

For more information please contact Kathleen Alexander, City Forester at 303-441-4406.

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