The Greenfield Tree Commission, established in 1992, is the City’s advisory body for urban forestry development, planning and policy. They monitor management of city trees and assist the City Forester.

Greenfield’s part time Consultant Forester serves in a professional capacity, selecting trees and planting locations, helping builders preserve or prevent damage to valuable trees and providing expert advice to citizens and city departments regarding public trees. Tree work is done by the Division of Public Works crews or by individual contractors.

Forestry Accomplishments

  • Created a Master Street Tree Planting plan
  • Created an Urban Forestry Management plan
  • Distributed 1,340 Tree City USA bulletins on tree care to citizens, builders and city departments
  • Established a computer inventory of city trees to aid in tree management and care
  • Landscaped medians through Highway 100 and S 76 St business districts
  • Obtained $118,000 in state and federal grants for tree planting and management
  • Planted 3,000+ trees in city right-of-ways
  • Pruned 1,200 city trees
  • Tree City USA status for each year since 1994 and National Arbor Day Foundation Growth Award, one of only 481 cities to receive the honor

Forestry Services

City Forestry is maintained primarily on an annual budget of about 50 cents per capita. Here’s a summary of what we do with City forestry dollars:

  • Administer noxious and hazardous tree policies
  • Plant trees on city streets
  • Preserve future forestry and environmental resources through Urban Forestry Planning
  • Provide information and resources on tree protection and care
  • Provide training for city personnel in safety and best forestry practices
  • Prune and maintain all city trees
  • Remove hazardous street trees damaged by disease, storms or vandalism
  • Respond to citizen’s questions and concerns regarding city trees
  • Select tree-planting locations for streets on road construction projects, new developments and for the city’s street-tree planting program
  • Work with contractors to preserve high value trees on new development sites

What’s Next?

We’ve accomplished a lot in eight years, and we have much more to do:

  • Complete the planting of 4,000 trees on improved streets
  • Develop a sustainable Urban Forestry program to manage and maintain the growing number and value of city trees
  • Landscape additional medians on main thoroughfares

Forestry Links

For additional information on urban forestry we recommend the following web sites: 

Forestry Documents