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Trees/Urban Forestry Topic Listing

Trees and Urban Forestry -

Trees and Urban Forestry

Forestry Gingkos on Derby St 

The City of Berkeley’s municipal forest is maintained by the Urban Forestry Unit of the Parks Division, which is part of the Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Department. There are approximately 38,000 street, park, and median trees that comprise the municipal forest in Berkeley. These are often referred to as "city trees" or "public trees". Urban Forestry staff responds to tree-related emergencies 24/7 and performs tree maintenance year round. Tree maintenance consists of pruning, removing, and planting trees; and other tree-related duties. The Urban Forestry staff strives to preserve the public trees whenever possible. The municipal forest is managed in a manner to ensure it remains in a healthy and sustainable condition, while protecting the public right-of-way and parks. Also, violation notices are issued to property owners when private trees obstruct or pose an imminent risk to the public’s use of streets or sidewalks.

Work done by Urban Forestry staff is performed in accordance with the current editions of the ANSI A300 Standards and the ISA Best Management Practices (BMP); and adheres to all regulatory requirements and safe work practices.

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Tree Pruning or Removal Information -

Tree Pruning and Removal


Tree Planting Information -

Tree Planting

Forestry tree planting 1

The city’s Urban Forestry Unit plants trees on the public right-of-way, in city parks, and on city owned property. The public right-of-way includes the planting strip between the curb and the sidewalk, and street medians. Trees are not planted on streets where there is no sidewalk. Residents can submit a tree planting application to have the city plant a tree, or to purchase and plant a tree at their own expense. Based on our Tree Planting Location Standards, the city will designate the species and location of any tree that is planted on the public right-of-way, regardless of who purchases and/or plants it. A tree planting application must be submitted and approved for each address that is requesting a tree be planted. Applications are processed as they are received. Due to the large volume of applications received, planting can take up to, and sometimes more than, one year to complete. Tree planting occurs year-round, but can be affected by staffing levels and the availability of tree stock.


Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)   -

Quercus picCoast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) is the only tree species with any restrictions in the City of Berkeley. Ordinance No. 6,905-N.S. placed a moratorium on the removal of coast live oak trees, and prohibits any pruning that is excessive and injurious to the tree. This is defined as the removal of more than one-fourth (25%) of the functioning leaf, stem, or root system of a tree in any 24 month period. This applies to single stem trees with a circumference of 18” (5.7” diameter) or multi-stem trees with a combined circumference of 26 inches (8.3” combined diameter) measured at 4 feet from grade. Exceptions to this ordinance must be approved by the city manager or their designee, such as the city arborist.    



Fire Fuel Chipper and Debris Bin Program -

Fire Fuel Chipper and Debris Bin Program


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