How is Public Tree Management Funded?

This varies widely across the country, so comparing one community to another is rarely an apples-to-apples proposition. Over the decades since Dutch elm disease swept across the country necessitating extensive removals, trends are toward more formal programs and dedicated funding. Some communities are even beginning to regard trees as capital assets, thereby moving funding out of the operating budget and aligning it with grey infrastructure investment in sidewalks, curbs, roadways, etc.

In Wyoming, urban forestry activities are funded through the operating budget along with snow management, seasonal leaf and Christmas tree pick-up, road repairs, facilities maintenance, parks and recreation maintenance, waterworks, and more.

The Ohio Revised Code permits an assessment based on property value or feet of frontage to be used solely for urban forest management activities. As of 2019, the assessment in Cincinnati is $0.19 per front foot; in Toledo and Cleveland, it is higher. At this moment, Wyoming is not using or considering such an assessment.

Further reading:

Municipal Tree Care and Management in the United States: A 2014 Urban and Community Forestry Census of Tree Activities — full report is ~78 pages; see Section Two: Tree Care Funding. 

Trees as Capital Assets — ~2000 words. Circa 2003; represents a change in thinking from trees as an amenity to trees as assets. 

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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?