Forestry (Trees)


The Denver Parks and Recreation Forestry Office is the city agency responsible for trees and shrubs in public parks, parkways and around government buildings. Trees are an extremely valuable resource that not only provides attractive landscapes, but also replenishes oxygen in the atmosphere, cools us with shade in the summer and helps clean the air. Denver’s publicly owned street trees are under regulation of the City Forester, but their maintenance responsibility is shared across the city by adjacent landowners. It is important to remember that permits are required prior to the removal or planting of any street trees. You may request a permit by sending an email to forestry@denvergov.org, including a description of the work to be done. 

Please review the various information within our web pages, and feel free to contact us with further questions.

 

The Denver Parks and Recreation Forestry Office is the city agency responsible for trees and shrubs in public parks, parkways and around government buildings. Trees are an extremely valuable resource that not only provides attractive landscapes, but also replenishes oxygen in the atmosphere, cools us with shade in the summer and helps clean the air. Denver is a fortunate city with a broad tree canopy and public policies that recognize the value of trees through promotion programs and regulation. 

The Office of the City Forester is responsible for the direct maintenance of public trees within parks and designated parkways, oversight of privately maintained trees per Chapter 57 of the municipal code, and taking actions to improve the overall quality of Denver’s urban tree canopy.

Trees are an extremely valuable resource that not only provide attractive landscapes, but also increase property values, create neighborhood character, replenish oxygen in the atmosphere, improve water quality, and reduce temperatures through shading.

Denver’s publicly owned street trees are under regulation of the City Forester, but their maintenance responsibility is shared across the city by adjacent landowners. It is important to remember that permits are required prior to the removal or planting of any street trees. You may request a permit by sending an email to forestry@denvergov.org, including a description of the work to be done.

In 2006 the Metropolitan Denver area took an ambitious step towards more sustainable development by launching the Mile High Million (MHM) Tree Initiative. The MHM goal is to plant one million trees by 2025. Thus far 250,000 trees have been planted. There is growing recognition that trees provide long-term environmental, economic, and health benefits critical to vibrant and livable cities. Read more about the Urban Forest Assessment here.

Final Report (3/2013)

Urban Forest Information by the Numbers (graphic)

A State Champion Tree is the largest known tree of its species in the state. Rankings are based on three measurements: the circumference of the tree at 4 ½ feet, the height of the tree, and the tree’s average crown spread. Based on these measurements, each tree is given a point total to determine its state and national ranking. This scoring system has been developed by American Forests.

The Denver Champions and Notable Tree document lists each of the 126 State Champion Trees found within the City and County of Denver. In the document, the circumference has been changed to diameter and is listed in the column labeled DBH (diameter at breast height). The “T” referenced in the rank column denotes a tree that shares its status as a state champion with at least one other tree.

Thirty-two state champions are located at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and fourteen state champions and twenty-nine notable trees are located in Denver park and parkway system. Many other state champions, thirteen in all, reside at location schools and universities.

A number of the trees listed are on private property and are distinguished as such by the word private in the last column. Please respect the property owner’s right to privacy by viewing the tree from the street. Thank you very much for your cooperation. We hope you enjoy viewing these remarkable trees!

Download Denver Champions and Notable Trees information provided by the Colorado Tree Coalition.

Download the City Park Arboretum Tree Walk Map and Tree Species List.

Denver's urban forest shades 19.7% of Denver with 2.2 million trees and saved more than $6.7 million dollars in energy costs for cooling. Download the full fact sheet.


Volunteer opportunities include:,,,. Visit the Volunteer Page, Forestry Volunteers, for more information on DPR volunteering.

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Contact Us

Forestry Division
201 West Colfax Avenue
Department 605
Denver, CO 80202
forestry@denvergov.org
(720) 913-0651
(720) 913-0787 (fax)

Contact Arboreal Inspector for trees on private property or Public Right of Way

Contact Operations Supervisor about trees in a Park or Parkway

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