The Parks Department's Forestry Division is responsible for the management of a comprehensive urban tree program including the reforestation of park and boulevard areas and the maintenance of more than 75,000+ boulevard and public property trees located on 3900+ acres. The division also manages and maintains the urban bikeway system, Peace Plaza and central business district, municipal landscape construction, and enforces the tall grass and noxious weed ordinance.
PROTECTING OUR TREES
There are currently around 75,000 trees that the forestry department manages. Trees have many benefits such as shade which can reduce cooling costs in the summer, improved air and water quality, habitat for a variety of wildlife and birds, and aesthetic value. In 2018, benefits of around 41,000 of our inventoried trees in the city were calculated using the iTree Calculator:
- $197,091 saved in electricity costs
- $719,284 saved from stormwater benefits
- $350,637 saved in natural gas costs
- 26,541,827 gallons of rainfall intercepted
- 4,074,152 CO2 sequestered
- 33,100 lbs of air pollutants removed
TREE CARE COMPANIES
The City of Rochester keeps an updated list of all licensed tree companies.
All businesses performing tree work for hire must have a license to do work within Rochester city limits. The licensing process allows us to verify that each company has the appropriate insurance for your protection.
WOOD CHIPS -
load yourself pile *residential customers only*
Parks and Forestry is no longer accepting wood chip orders. There is one load-yourself wood chip location available to residential customers at Zumbro South Park Garden Plots (1111 Mayowood Road SW). This location will be refilled as supplies are available.
To contact the Forestry Division please call us at 507-328-2515 or Send us a message.
To meet with Forestry Staff please call or send a message to schedule an appointment.