The Urban Forestry Division (UFD) is responsible for planting approximately 2,000 new and replacement trees during the planting season, November 1st and April 15th. UFD maintains approximately 120,200 city-owned trees of more than 80 species.
The most common services UFD provides are removal of dead trees and pruning. A tree inspection may be requested by calling the City's Customer Care Center or submitting a request through RVA311. Generally, UFD crews will try to respond with an inspection within ten working days.
The Urban Forestry Division also assists with community education regarding tree care, including speaking to neighborhood groups, conducting tree identification walks, and working with the city Tree Stewards program.
For 25 consecutive years, the National Arbor Day Foundation has bestowed upon Richmond the distinction of Tree City USA. Only 46 communities, eight military bases, and three universities throughout the Commonwealth have received the designation to date.
Congratulations City of Richmond for being designated a “Tree City USA” for the 25th consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation.
The Department of Public Works - Urban Forestry Division is currently revising its Adopt-A-Tree Program for 2022/2023. During this timeframe, the Urban Forestry Division will not be accepting applications. All previously received applications and funds will be returned.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. Periodic updates will be provided to the community as they become available.
This STRATUM (Street Tree Resource Analysis Tool for Urban-Forest Managers) will enable the city of Richmond to better assess its street tree resource. It also will provide a means for the city’s Urban Forestry Division to garner more support for their program, secure funding for initiatives and provide baseline data to improve division management. Click on the heading to read the report.
Tree Inventory Mapping Application
A tree inventory was conducted of all public right of way trees and is made available here for public informational purposes only. This tree inventory was done by Davey Resource Group and it was completed in three phases starting in 2013 and finishing in 2015. Please use the interactive mapping application to zoom in to areas of interest to inspect the tree information.
Tree Maintenance or Removal
Permits for maintenance or removal of city trees are issued by the Urban Forestry Division in certain cases free of charge. A tree inspection may be requested by calling the City's Customer Care Center at 3-1-1.
- Application for a Street Tree Planting Permit
- Application for a Permit to Remove a city Tree
- Application for a Permit to perform Maintenance on a city Tree