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Tree Maintenance
For the purpose of street tree maintenance (trimming and removal), the Forestry Division has divided the city into five tree management districts. Most of the maintenance work is scheduled during the winter months (November through March). The Division also responds to requests from residents year-round for tree trimming/maintenance of any trees affecting city road right-of-way.

The Forestry Division maintains a database, which records maintenance needs and work histories for trees growing on city road right-of-way and public property. Trees growing on city right-of-way are trimmed to facilitate vehicle and pedestrian passage and safety. No prior notification is given to the adjacent property owner. Public trees having structural defects that pose a significant hazard to city streets or walkways are trimmed or removed as necessary to reduce the hazard. Prior notification is given for removals.

The adjacent property owner is responsible for removing encroachments/ obstructions when trees or shrubs growing on private property interfere with the use of streets or pathways, as required by ordinance specifications. Property owners may be notified regarding what action is required of them.

Please refer to our Tree Trimming Guide to view diagrams outlining the city’s tree maintenance specifications for streets and walkways.

Fall/Winter 2016-2017 Program 
The Rochester Hills Forestry Division has an ongoing street tree maintenance program conducted by Parks and Forestry and contracted crews.

Under the program, trees or shrubs that impede the passage of vehicles along streets or pedestrians on pathways, interfere with safe sight distance requirements, or pose a hazard to the right-of-way will be addressed.

Although some work will occur in various locations throughout the city, the main emphasis of the 2016-2017 program will be to continue working on the central part of the city (Sections 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23).

Anyone with questions about the program or its requirements may contact the Forestry Division at 248.656.4673.

Ken Elwert
Director of Parks & Forestry

Department Email 
Ph: 248.656.4673

Gerald Lee
Forestry Operations Manager

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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