Tree Section

The Forestry Division Tree Section is responsible for planting, pruning, removing street and parks trees, and code enforcement

About Us

The Tree Section is responsible for more than 80,000 street trees and another 25,000 trees in city parks. 

The staff plants, prunes and removes street and parks trees and enforces the City Codes (ordinance 68607) that regulate and protect trees.

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Get email reminders to water street trees during dry spells.


Care For a Street Tree

Every planting season, while the trees are dormant, the City of Saint Louis will plant many trees in parks and easements around the city. Please help us ensure that these newly planted trees take hold during their first critical three years.

Learn how to care for street trees.


We are guided by current ANSI standards and follow guidelines and best management practices adopted by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

There are several ISA Certified Arborists on staff. The City of St. Louis has a proud history of managing its public tree resource.


Tree City USA LogoTree City USA Recognition

We have been recognized as a Tree City USA by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1982.


Tree Inventory

Recent improvements include an updated GIS based tree inventory that includes all street trees and most of the larger public parks. This information allows accurate record keeping, work planning, and long-term planning to insure a continuously improved and larger tree canopy.

If you would like to help in ensuring a beautiful and healthy tree canopy, sign up for the Street Tree Inventory initiative! You can help us update our inventory and ensure the health of our canopy.


Benefits of Trees

A recent study indicates that our city street trees provide 4.3 million dollars in benefits every year, or about $60 per tree. Benefits consider energy savings, stormwater reductions, aesthetics, air cleansing, and other technical benefits.

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