Why Care About Public Trees?

Public trees are more than a luxury, they are valuable elements of urban infrastructure like curbs, sidewalks, water mains, fire hydrants, utility poles, sewer pipes, and so on. The services provided by green infrastructure include measurable improvements in air and water quality, diminished urban heat loads, stormwater detention, public health benefits, and more.

Since “green” infrastructure grows, the benefits derived from the initial investment increase over time, delivering more services with each year that passes (to a point). On the other hand, “grey” infrastructure delivers maximum performance while new and deteriorates with age.

All infrastructure requires maintenance. Because green infrastructure gains value over time, there’s a return on investment. This is not seen as cash to spend elsewhere in the City budget, but it’s an offset of the need to spend additional funds to achieve the same goal. Ex: Trees that provide “shade over pavement” not only moderate the urban heat island effect, but also detain significant rainfall on leaves, branches, and trunk, reducing the peaks in runoff flow that hit storm sewers and, thus, offsetting funds otherwise required to install and maintain larger storm water handling systems.

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1. Who owns the tree lawn?
2. Who owns trees growing in the tree lawn?
3. Who is responsible for maintenance of trees in the tree lawn or public right-of-way?
4. My tree was removed recently. Will I get a replacement?
5. I have an open spot that clearly hasn’t had a tree in it for more than one year. Can I request that a tree be planted there?
6. Does Wyoming have a setback planting program?
7. What do I do if I see a broken limb, dieback, or other issues of concern?
8. Can I get firewood from the annual tree removals?
9. How is Public Tree Management Funded?
10. What is a Public Tree?
11. Who Cares for Public Trees?
12. Who Prunes Right-of-Way Trees?
13. Why Care About Public Trees?
14. How is Public Tree Management Funded?