Trees & Community Forestry

Why Trees?

Everyone benefits from the silent work that trees perform around the clock: 
  • Cleaner air
  • Improved water quality
  • Habitat for wildlife
History has not been kind to Fridley’s community forest. With Dutch elm disease, tornados, and straight-line winds taking out trees, Fridley’s canopy cover has suffered major blows in the past 50+ years. Fewer trees are filling our sky, lining our streets, and shading our buildings. Emerging pest threats will mean even greater losses in canopy cover, which is why Fridley is taking proactive steps in order to grow our canopy cover and cultivate a diverse community forest that can stand up to future maladies. 
Volunteers Planting Trees

What is a Community Forest?

Whether it’s a tree in a park or a tree in your backyard, all of the trees in Fridley make up the community forest. Public trees include those in boulevards, right-of-ways, parks, and other municipal property that are cared for by the city. Private trees are those that are on privately-owned land and are cared for by the property owner. Together, these trees form our community forest. 

How Do We Grow a Healthier Community Forest?

Increasing tree species diversity improves our forest's long term health and resiliency. Insects and diseases can wipe out entire populations of overused trees and create major canopy losses. In the past, select trees were favored for not producing messy fruits and seeds or other debris. Unfortunately, there are only a few types of these "clean" trees leading to the lack of diversity in our community forest. Increasing species diversity will mean planting trees that produce acorns, seed pods, fruits and other material. These minor annoyances are a small price to pay considering the many benefits of tree diversity in securing the long-term health of our community forest. Think about planting a less traditional tree in your yard to improve our forest's resiliency.

2016 Fridley Urban Forestry Study

Urban Forestry Study 2016

What is Fridley Doing?

We were lucky to be the recipient of the "Improving Community Forests through Citizen Engagement" grant from the MN DNR in early 2016. This grant allows Fridley to purchase trees to be planted by volunteers in our parks and right-of-ways. Using funds from this grant, over 300 new trees have been planted in city parks and boulevards so far.

Problem Tree?

Trees, as well as their roots and branches, do pose the occasional nuisance or hazard.
Click here to familiarize yourself with your rights and responsibilities when it comes to trees.

Or contact Fridley Public Works at (763) 572-3566 to report a problem street or park tree.

Hiring for Tree Trimming or Tree Service?

If you plan to prune or remove a tree, hire a reliable, insured, arborist/tree service company that is licensed with the City of Fridley. Anyone offering tree services in Fridley must go complete a police background check and obtain a city license.
Click here for a list of currently approved tree service companies

Before hiring a company, be sure to obtain:

  • Estimates from multiple companies
  • Proof of insurance
  • Written estimates of cost
  • Written agreement on disposal/site cleanup requirements
  • References