City Forestry

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parkThe Parks and Recreation Department Forestry Division manages all the trees on City property in Bloomington. Trees are maintained for both vehicular and pedestrian clearance. Trees are routinely pruned to provide required sight distance, stop sign and traffic light clearances as well. Trees are pruned to remove dead, dying or diseased material as well. If you believe a tree is a hazard or to request work on a city tree please contact (309) 434-2260 or email parks@cityblm.org.

Under City Ordinance Chapter 19, Number 1984 the City has the right to plant, trim, spray, preserve and remove any tree on City property to insure public safety or maintain the health of the tree. This ordinance requires anyone wishing to plant or have work done on a City tree to obtain a permit. All trees removed by the City of Bloomington will be replanted as space and location permit. If your tree is removed between August 1st and January 31st it will be replanted in the Spring. If removed from February 1st to July it will be replanted in the fall. All replant species request will be honored if possible. The City Forester may adjust species based on location and availability. All replant species requests should be emailed to parks@cityblm.org. Please include name and address.

The following are links to some pertinent forestry information.

guy riding bike on a trailTree City USA

The City of Bloomington is proud to be in its 30th year as a Tree City USA. This program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the USDA Forest Service. This program requires the city to meet four criteria: a tree board or department, a city tree ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.

Winterhill Grove in Ewing Park III

The City partnered with Children's and Elder's Forest in 2004 to establish Winterhill Grove in Ewing Park III. The program is designed to create a multigenerational bond between people through a common interest in trees and the environment. Each tree in the grove is sponsored by a tree team. For more information, pictures and grove designs visit www.ceforest.org.

The John English Arboretum

In 2003 the City dedicated the John English Arboretum. The Arboretum is a place where people can learn about trees. The Arboretum consists of over 85 different species of trees and shrubs. The Arboretum is located along Constitution Trail beginning at Alton Depot Park and continuing west.

Routine Circuit Pruning

The Forestry Division performs routine circuit pruning throughout the City on a 5 year cycle. The City is divided into 10 forestry sections and the sections are shown on the Tree Maintenance Zone Map. Please remove vehicles from the street if you see a crew in your neighborhood. The following is the current circuit trimming schedule:

  • 2017 - Sections 4 and 6
  • 2018 - Sections 2 and 8
  • 2019 - Sections 1 and 9
  • 2020 - Sections 5 and 10
  • 2021 - Sections 3 and 7

Memorial Tree and Bench Program

For more information on this program contact Debbie Bohannon at dbohannon@cityblm.org or (309) 434-2260.

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