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.
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.
The City of Albany’s Urban Forestry Program has compiled a list of approved street trees for planting within the street right-of-way planting strip along with planting tips for trees in the Pacific Northwest.
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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.
Less than five trees?
- Albany Municipal Code Chapter 7.98 Tree Regulations, requires a permit for the removal of a street tree(s).
- A permit is also required under this chapter to remove any tree(s) within the City limits that have a circumference of six and one-half feet (approximately 25" in diameter).
- Visit the Development Resource Center, Forms and Checklists page to download a tree permit.
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.
The City has begun an inventory of street trees in the public rights-of-way.
Just like any other City infrastructure, to properly manage our urban forest asset we need to know the status of our forest and location of its trees.
The City’s Urban Forestry Program has hired two interns to start collecting data this summer. You may encounter them on the street wearing a yellow vest and entering inventory data into an iPad.
This is an ambitious project in partnership with Oregon Department of Forestry, Forestry Program to map and document all the street trees of Albany. Our goal is to complete the inventory by Fall 2022.
By having a complete street tree inventory, we hope to accomplish the following:
- Identify maintenance needs and priorities.
- Quantify the environmental and economic benefits of our urban forest.
- Identify the health of our forest.
- Quantify the diversity of our forest.
- Assess infrastructure and tree conflicts.
- Identify potential planting locations.
- Track tree work history over time.
- Inform long-term management goals and decisions.
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.
|August 31||Application Deadline, due to City of Albany by 5 p.m.|
|September 30||Applicants are Notified of Awards|
|TBA-Winter||Tree Planting Day|