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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. .

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.

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

Bill Payne, Administrator
1250 Market Street
Chattanooga TN 37402 (map)
(423) 643-6311  


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