Urban Forestry Program
- Updated on Thursday, July 03, 2014 July 03, 2014
Albany’s urban forest is a valuable functional and aesthetic asset that improves our quality of life by providing clean air and water for residents, visitors, and future generations. The economic, social and environmental benefits that a healthy tree can provide greatly influence our community health and vitality. The trees that line our streets, shade our parks and trails, and beautify our yards, shopping centers, and parking lots help make Albany a better place to live.
Our urban forestry program maintains and protects trees and associated vegetation on Albany’s public lands. We review permits for planting, trimming, and removing trees on public and private property and provide technical assistance to residents on urban forestry issues. We also offer the community many ways to get involved with learning about and caring for our urban forest.
NeighborWoods is a program developed through the City of Albany Urban Forestry Program to help restore our City's tree canopy by planting trees in neighborhoods and neighborhood parks with the assistance of interested neighborhood residents. Only one neighborhood is selected per year.
|May 30||Application Deadline, due to City of Albany by 5 p.m.|
|June 30||Applicants are Notified of Awards|
|TBA/November||Tree Planting Day|
Heritage Tree Program
The Albany Heritage Tree Program was established by the City Tree Commission to recognize, foster appreciation of, and protect trees having historic significance to our community.
Legacy Forest at Lexington Park
The Legacy Forest at Lexington Park is a commemorative tree planting program designed to perpetuate the memory or work of individuals and organizations. These trees will provide not only lasting memories, but significant environmental benefits for our community. Acknowledgements will be sent to the person honored or to their family. Trees will be planted during the planting season, December through February, but may be purchased at any time. Cost is $250 which includes an inscribed brick, certificate from the donor to recipient or recipient's family and maintenance of the tree.
Trees in Albany shade our homes and beautify our yards. They also function to reduce soil erosion and flooding, as well as improve local air and water quality.
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A healthy urban forest begins with careful planning. A few factors to consider before planting a tree are:
- The function of the tree. Do you want the tree to provide shade, fruit, or seasonal color? Or do you want it to act as a windbreak or screen?
- Choose the right tree for the right space. It is important to pick your site first, then your tree second. Does the space lend itself to a small, medium, or large tree? Try and imagine the size of the tree at maturity, not at the time of planting.
- The soil conditions. Do you have fertile, well-drained soil or shallow, compacted soil?
- How much time you will have to properly care for your tree? The first 3-5 years are the most important years for the survival of a new tree. Do you have time to water, fertilize, and prune the tree until it is established? Or will you rely on your garden or tree care service for assistance?
The ideal time to plant a tree in the Willamette Valley is late fall through early winter, after leaf drop and well before bud break. Always select healthy trees from a nursery. Choose a tree with a straight, strong single stem, and good form. Make sure the tree does not have signs of insect damage, dead bark, or cankers.
The City of Albany’s Urban Forestry Program has compiled a list of recommended street trees for planting within the street right-of-way planting strip. The Urban Forestry Program also offers trees and planting services through the Neighborwoods Program.
Before digging, always call 1-800-332-2344
For More Information on Planting:
Trees need to be pruned throughout their life to stay healthy and safe. Pruning is a regular part of plant maintenance involving the selective removal of specific plant parts. Although shoots and branches are the main targets for removal, roots, flower buds, fruits and seed pods may also be pruned.
For More Information on Pruning:
Less than five trees
- Albany Municipal Code Chapter 7.98 Tree Regulations, requires a permit for the removal of a street tree(s).
Five or more trees
- The Albany Development Code 9.205 - 208 Tree Felling; requires a site plan review when proposing to cut 5 trees or more that are each eight inches (8") in diameter or greater, measured four and one-half feet (4'5") from the ground.
- Albany Parks & Recreation will review this request, but the site plan review is initially performed by the Community Development Department Planning Division.