Forestry

Forestry is responsible for the care and maintenance of all trees on City-owned property, including parks, open space, public spaces, streets and right-of-ways.

  1. Tree Care
  2. Tree Inventory
  3. Arbor Day
  4. Love Our Trees
  5. Memorial Trees
  6. Insect Traps
  7. Emerald Ash Borer

Licensed Tree Care

Wheat Ridge licenses tree care companies that meet requirements set by City code.

Caring for Snow-Damaged Trees

  • Check for hazards. Examine surroundings to avoid making contact with downed utility lines or standing under broken, hanging branches.
  • Assess the damage. If a tree is healthy overall and still possesses its leader (main upward branch), most major limbs and 50% or more of its crown, chances are good for a full recovery.
  • Be careful knocking snow off branches. This may cause branches to break. To remove snow, gently push up on branches from below to prevent additional stress.
  • Remove broken branches. This minimizes risk of decay and insects or diseases entering the wound. Prune at the branch collar - the point where a branch joins a larger one.
  • Don't over-prune. With the loss of some branches, a tree may look unbalanced, but most trees quickly grow new foliage that hides bare areas.
  • Don't do it all yourself. If the job requires running a chainsaw overhead, sawing from a ladder or removing large branches or entire trees, contact a licensed tree care company from the list above.
  • Contact us if necessary. Trees on City-owned property are our responsibility.

For more information about tree care and protection, visit the Colorado State Forest Service