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
  • Shade
  • Increased property values

What is a Community Forest?

_Final Urban Forestry Study cover.jpgWhether 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. You can help by doing your part- plant a tree!

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.Think about planting a less traditional tree in your yard to improve our forest's resiliency. Click here for more information on selecting a tree for your yard.

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer is an invasive insect that rapidly kills ash trees. Ash trees comprise more than 20% of Fridley's community forest, so the disease could change the character of Fridley's streets and parks. Click here to learn what Fridley is doing to reduce the impact of this disease.

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. If you notice a damaged or diseased street or park tree, fill out a report or contact Fridley Public Works at 763-572-3566.

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