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Contact Information

201 4th Street SE
Room 150
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2515
Fax: 507-328-2511 
Email Forestry Service

Hours (Mon-Fri):
7:30am to 4:00pm
Summer 7:00am to 3:30pm 

Department Contacts


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Our Urban Forest

The forestry division provides a variety of opportunities to get involved in our urban forest throughout the year. If you would like to sign up for any of the following, please follow the email link below each description.

CITIZEN PRUNERcitizen pruner group

Citizen Pruner is a volunteer program that teaches proper pruning techniques when caring for our urban trees.Every month, volunteers are organized to help maintain city trees. Upon completion of the Citizen Pruner class residents can sign up for events and put their newly gained knowledge to work. Please follow this link for updates and more information (

Sign up to Volunteer for Citizen Pruner


CITIZEN FORESTERcitizen forester group photo

In partnership with RNeighbors, Citizen Forester training is held twice a year in the spring and fall (Citizen Forester brochure).Information is provided on benefits that trees provide and how to correctly plant a tree. Citizens who attend a Citizen Forester training are asked to get involved with community tree planting projects and help teach others correct tree planting procedures.

Sign up to Volunteer for Citizen Forester


NEIGHBORHOOD TREE WATCHVolunteers gaze up at a tree

Neighborhood Tree Watch is a program where citizens can learn how to monitor urban trees in their neighborhood. This includes monitoring for crown dieback, cankers and galls, cracks, mushroom growth and much more. It is important that urban trees are monitored so that we can respond to tree disease spread and prevent safety hazards (Neighborhood Tree Watch Guide).

Sign up to Volunteer for Neighborhood Tree Watch