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Urban Forestry

The City is committed by ordinance, policy and tradition to the full responsibility for management of all trees on City owned public land within the City limits.  Each tree, or collectively, the urban forest, has three fundamental management requirements: planting, maintenance and removal.

Trees provide many benefits to our city including:  reduced urban heating/cooling which translates to reduced energy costs, increased property values, clean air, and cleaner water to list a few.

As a Tree City USA for 28 years we have been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a community that meets all of their standards, including having a forestry department, a tree care ordinance, a budget to support forestry annually and a City Arbor Day proclamation and celebration.

In 2018, the City of Traverse City Completed an Urban Canopy Assessment and Tree Management Plan for all City street trees. A copy of the report along with historical information can be found at the link below. 

2018 City of Traverse City Tree Report