Soil & Water Conservation District

Urban Forestry

Urban Forestry is the practice of planting trees in an urban setting to enhance the urban environment.

There are various benefits to urban forestry including but not limited to stormwater control, pollinator habitat, and reducing air pollution. For more information please see the benefits of urban forestry handout attached in the useful links below.

Urban Forestry has many benefits if implemented correctly. However if not implemented properly there can be some draw backs including pavement damage, reduced visibility, damage to utilities, debris in roadways, or decreased aesthetic due to pruning for utilities. To avoid these errors:

  1. Always call 811 before you dig
  2. Avoid planting a tree below electric or telephone cables
  3. Do not plant fast growing trees along roadways as they have weak wood and are more susceptible to storm damage which can result in breakage and debris onto roadways and may damage parked cars beneath the trees
  4. Allow at least 15 feet of distance from a city or county or business sign or street corner to not impair visibility and at least 10 feet from driveways
  5. To prevent root damage to the concrete, sidewalks, and pavement allow your tree to have adequate space for root growth. For more information see "Selecting the Right Tree for Your Space" in the useful links tab below. 
  6. Avoid planting fruit or nut trees near roadways or sidewalks such as walnuts, pecans, apples, etc. Fruit and nut trees can create a mess in the roadways, pose a threat to people walking by, and are hazardous to people on bikes, scooters, and skateboards. Fruit and nut trees also invite birds which may result in escalated amount of guano in the area. 

If you have questions please 

or you may contact Indiana's regional state forester Jason Utley at (812)346-2286

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