The City’s Forestry Division, housed in the Parks & Recreation Department, is dedicated to preserving Grand Junction’s urban forest along with providing an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for all visitors to City parks and facilities. The Forestry Division plants, manages, and maintains the City’s trees in parks and City facilities, as well as trees on the public right of way within city limits. It is the Division’s goal to help the community understand the importance of trees while maintaining our City’s Urban Forest.
The Forestry Division has six authorized full-time staff completes over 500 work requests every year. Requests for forestry work have increased in recent years. Parks & Recreation has addressed this increase in requests by redeploying staff and adding more seasonal employees. You can report a forestry issue using our Tree Work Request Form.
#GJStrong Arbor Day Seedling Delivery & Awards – The Forestry Division delivered over 550 tree seedlings to residents in April of 2020. These seedlings would have been given away as part of the Southwest Arbor Fest event, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the event. Recipients of the seedlings were encouraged to snap a photo while planting their trees and share of social media using the #GJStrong hashtag. A video recap of the event can be viewed here.
The Forestry Division has also received several awards demonstrating the division’s exemplified professionalism, commitment, knowledge, and a true passion for the service to and growth of the tree canopy in Grand Junction. Awards include: Tree City USA since 1982, Growth Award presented for more than 20 years, multiple-year recipient of the Gold Leaf Award, and recognition for Arbor Day celebrations.
Grand Junction Forestry Board – The Grand Junction Forestry Board, a group of dedicated volunteers, serves in an advisory capacity to the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Forestry Division and makes recommendations to the City Council for the adoption of rules and regulations pertaining to the tree service business in the city. Not only does the board hear complaints from citizens relating to the tree service business but acts as a reviewing body for the purpose of determining professional qualifications and competence to engage in the business of cutting, pruning, spraying and removing trees. The board also gives written, oral, and practical licensing examinations. Applications for the Forestry Board can be found here.
For more information about Forestry, please call the office at 970-254-3849, or visit the Forestry Division’s page on the City’s website.
Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or email@example.com