Tree Maintenance & Removal

Tree Removal
The Department of Public Services is responsible for removing and maintaining trees in public right of ways.

Tree Removal Process
  • The City of Ypsilanti tree removal season is April through October (Note: Exceptions may be made in cases of emergency and acceptable weather conditions)
  • During tree removal season, the City will post a list of trees that are slated for removal during tree removal season
  • Additional trees will be removed as necessary
Identifying Trees for Removal
  • The City will compile a list of critical trees to be removed annually.
  • Receiving a tree complaint, the City will cross reference the tree with the removal list. If not on the list, the tree will be evaluated.
  • Note: If a tree complaint is received November through March, the tree may not be removed until the following season, unless it is determined to be an emergency)
Evaluation Criteria for Tree Removal
  • Imminent danger of the tree
  • The area surrounding the tree (e.g., population, structures, pedestrian traffic)
  • Accessibility to the tree (e.g., special accommodations may be required for trees in parking lots, high traffic areas, etc)
  • Minimum staffing levels required to remove the tree (Note: Larger trees require higher staffing levels)
  • Weather conditions
Tree Planting & Maintenance
We encourage citizens to participate by planting street trees, but you must apply for a Street Tree Permit (PDF). There is no fee for this permit.

To decide what tree to plant and where, first consult the "Planting Sites Map" and/or "Inventory List" in the table above that corresponds to your neighborhood or service area. You may want to consider joining together with others in your neighborhood association or getting involved with the DDA to plant trees. Some links for these organizations are provided above. Be sure to consult the "List of Approved Street Trees" above to find a tree suited to the site, and read our How and Where to Plant a Tree (PDF) document before planting.

If you have located a tree that needs to be pruned, see the "Appendix: Tree Pruning Guidelines" under "Urban Forestry Management Plan" below.

If you have located a tree that is dead or damaged, see the "Inventory List" in the table above that corresponds to your neighborhood, park or service area. These lists include dead or damaged trees and their priority for removal. If you have located a tree in the public right-of-way that is damaged or dead but not listed as such, please contact the Department of Public Services (hours, phone, email). All reported trees will be placed on a list and assessed as staffing levels permit. Also, if you would like to remove a dead or damaged tree, you must receive permission from the Department of Public Services before doing so.
Summary of Trees Planted
  • 2007 - Planted with funds from DTE Tree Planting Grant - 26 Trees
  • 2010 - Planted with funds from DTE Tree Planting Grant - 27 Trees
  • 2013-2014 - Approximate number of trees to be planted in either Fall of 2013 or Spring of 2014 with funds from DTE Tree Planting Grant - 24 Trees
Total = 77 Trees