The Public Works Department handles all forestry within the city. The purpose and emphasis of the forestry staff is to maintain an attractive and safe urban forest. The city has certified tree inspectors on staff whose focus is to help control and prevent tree diseases and insect pests such as: Oak Wilt Disease, Dutch Elm Disease, Anthracnose (commonly known as shade tree disease), and the Emerald Ash Borer. In addition, the city tree inspectors will identify hazardous trees.
Learn about invasive species that are harming the local ecology, including buckthorn and emerald ash borers.