Tree & Community Forestry

Maplewood’s urban forest includes all trees in the city - trees on both public and private lands, boulevard trees, park trees, specimen trees, and trees in natural areas.

Trees increase property value, lower the costs of heating and cooling buildings, improve air quality, decrease stormwater runoff, provide habitat for wildlife, reduce noise, and improve our quality of life in many other ways.

Maplewood Tree Programs

Staff from several city departments make up our forestry team and are charged with protecting and enhancing our urban forest. Click on one of the program areas to learn more.
  • Tree Trimming - The city trims trees along city streets and in parks. If a city-owned tree presents a problem, contact Public Works at 651-249-2400.
  • Diseased Tree Inspection - Maplewood’s contracted tree inspector identifies and condemns trees with contagious diseases or pests on private and public property, including Dutch elm disease, oak wilt, and emerald ash borer.
  • Big Tree Registry - Huge trees amaze and inspire us, but also provide measurable environmental benefits. Maplewood’s Big Tree Registry lists some of the largest trees in the city.
  • Hiring a Contractor to Work on Your Trees - Hire a reputable business for tree work on your property. See the list of licensed tree contractors in Maplewood, and always ask for current proof of insurance before hiring a contractor.
  • Tree City USA - Maplewood is proud to be a Tree City USA. Tree Cities meet several conditions to gain this distinction, including sponsoring an annual Arbor Day event.
  • Park and Boulevard Tree Inventory - Maplewood inventoried park and boulevard trees in 2010-2011.
  • Tree and Firewood Ordinances - Maplewood ordinances address tree protection, tree disease, and firewood storage.
  • Buckthorn - Land owners are encouraged to remove this highly invasive tree from their property. Learn about identification, control, and tree jack rental.

Learn More About Trees

There are many resources to help residents learn more about trees.
  • Tree Quest - Experience the Tree Quest at Maplewood Nature Center, a self-guiding trail hike to learn about trees.
  • Programs and Events - Maplewood Nature Center offers programs for adults and families on environmental topics including trees.
  • Web Resources for Tree Topics - Learn about tree identification, planting, health, tree care and tree pruning and other terrific tree topics.

Who to Contact

For information on city tree programs, click on topics above. Department contacts are listed below:
  • Public Works, 651-249-2400: To report a problem tree owned by the city (on city boulevard, parkland, open space, or city facility), or to report a tree with oak wilt, Dutch elm disease, or emerald ash borer
  • Nature Center, 651-249-2170: General tree education and information, Arbor Day, tree identification
  • Natural Resources Coordinator, 651-249-2416: Tree Disease Inspection Program and overall urban forestry program
  • Environmental Planner, 651-249-2304: Tree Preservation for development and tree ordinance revisions
  • Private Arborist: Trimming and tree care for trees on private lands

Neighbor’s Tree

If your neighbor’s tree is impacting your yard, try to work out a solution with your neighbor. The city gets involved with private trees in just a few situations:
  • If they have one of the diseases or pests we inspect for (Dutch elm disease, oak wilt, emerald ash borer)
  • If they are obstructing sight lines on streets
  • If they are creating a safety hazard on city-owned land

The location of the trunk determines who owns the tree. If the trunk is in your neighbor’s yard and parts of the tree hang over your yard, you have the right to trim them. But you do not have the right to enter your neighbor’s property without their permission, and you cannot trim the tree in a way that will harm it or lead to its demise.

If leaves, seeds, nuts, twigs or “natural debris” from your neighbor’s tree fall in your yard, they are your responsibility. However, if the tree or large limbs fall in your yard, your neighbor may be responsible for abating this. For more information, see: Minnesota Tree Law-A Layperson’s Guide, University of Minnesota.