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Forestry Highlights-Program Branches

Take Root:
This bold initiative seeks to increase the tree canopy in the downtown from the existing 7 percent to the target goal of 15 percent. A total of 2,000 trees will need to be purchased and planted to achieve this goal. The Support of the community will be necessary to make this program a reality. The Leadership Chattanooga class of 2008, the Benwood Foundation and, many others have assisted with the development of this program. .

Streetscapes:
This effort involves the renovation and standardization of sidewalks and street intersections, and installation of trees in the downtown area.

Service Requests:
The Office of Urban Forestry receives 600-800 requests annually for pruning, deadwooding, removal, or emergency work.These requests originate from citizens, the Police Department, and the Chattanooga Area Rapid Transit Authority.

Permits and Inspections:
By ordinance, anyone who works around a city tree must first obtain a permit from the City Forester who specifies the appropriate tree protection measures.

Routine Maintenance:
This is non-emergency work performed on trees at regular intervals to keep them healthy and safe.

Tree City USA:
This honorary designation is given to communities that have established urban forestry programs and provide a basic level of service. To qualify, a community must meet the following standards:

- Have a community tree ordinance.
- Have a tree board that meets at least twice a year.
- Have a community forestry program that has an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.
- Have an Arbor Day Proclamation and celebration. Chattanooga has been a Tree City community since 1990.

Information and Education:
This is an educational outreach which can structure a presentation to meet the needs of any school or civic group interested in urban forestry.

Mission:
Serve people with integrity and improve the infrastructure and environment through excellence.

Justin Holland, Administrator
1250 Market Street
Chattanooga TN 37402 (map)
(423) 643-6311

311@chattanooga.gov  

 

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