Urban Forestry

City Tree and Landscape Guide

Last updated May 15, 2018 - 2:29 pm
City trees in the right of way

The city manages trees on public property including the street rights of way, parks, greenways and other city owned or controlled property.

The Urban Forestry Division is part of the Parks,Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.  We have proudly made the City of Raleigh a Tree City USA for 24 years.  Our skilled arborists ensure that Raleigh remains 'The City of Oaks' by managing existing trees and planting the next generation.

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Tree Service Requests

The Urban Forestry Division is responsible for maintaining trees located within the public right of way and on City property such as parks and greenways. Service Requests are for

  • Tree pruning
  • Tree removal (dead, dying, diseased or dangerous)
  • Street Tree planting
Online Tree Request Form

Tree Impact Permit

A Tree Impact Permit is required for any tree impact in the public right of way and issued at the discretion of the Urban Forester. The following request is for tree impacts that are not development related. Development related tree impact permits are issued with building permits.

Online Tree Impact Permit Request

Our Mission

Raleigh is the City of Oaks. Let's keep it that way!

The City of Raleigh Urban Forestry Division shall plant, manage, and protect trees on city properties maximizing the environmental, economic and social benefits the urban forest provides while managing risk through safe, purposeful and efficient work, effective permitting and oversight, and through cooperative partnerships.

Caring for our trees

City trees are regulated by the Urban Forester pursuant to the municipal code Part 9 Chapter 8, Trees and Vegetation. The Urban Forester implements best management practices as reflected in the professional tree care and landscape industry for the planting, maintenance, removal, protection, pruning, and preservation of trees on city property and enforces the provisions of the city code.

Benefits of the Urban Forest

  • Increase property values
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce heating and cooling costs
  • Decrease stormwater runoff and pollution
  • Increase public health and wellness by promoting physical activity, reducing stress, and lowering asthma risks.

"The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day." -U.S. Department of Agriculture

"A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000." -Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers

"Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent." -Management Information Services/ICMA

"One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people." -U.S. Department of Agriculture

"Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 - 50 percent in energy used for heating." -USDA Forest Service

"The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams." -USDA Forest Service

"In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension." -Dr. Roger S. Ulrich Texas A&M University

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