Westerville, Ohio: Tree City USA for 41 years

Urban forestry is the care and management of tree populations in urban settings for the purpose of improving the urban environment. Urban forestry advocates the role of trees as a critical part of the urban infrastructure. Urban foresters plant and maintain trees, support appropriate tree and forest preservation, conduct research and promote the many benefits trees provide.

The Parks and Urban Forest Manager maintains over 14,000 street trees plus all public trees to ensure their maximum performance for the community. Street trees are located in any public street right-of-way. Maintenance of these trees requires a cooperative effort between the homeowner and the city.

Westerville's Urban Forest Adds Value

Collectively, Westerville's urban trees provide environmental, economic and social benefits. Trees:

  • Intercept rainwater reducing storm water runoff
  • Shade homes and buildings keeping them cooler and saving energy
  • Improve air quality, filtering dust and other pollutants out of the air and absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen.
  • Add privacy and help reduce noise and glare
  • Provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife that are often displaced in urban environments
  • Reduce stress! Evidence exists that the sight, smell and touch of plants reduces our stress level

Tree Pruning & Maintenance 
Trees in right-of-ways are pruned on a cyclical basis. Emergency and other safety-related issues are addressed immediately. Staff provides removal and replacement when needed. Homeowner maintenance requires the removal of suckers, small branches at the base of the tree and along the tree trunk, that need to be cut off as they appear. Your Urban Forester will work with citizens and/or their private contractors for other planned tree maintenance.

Click the image below to visit the City Tree Viewer map.  
This application will allow you to view information about trees that are maintained by the city such as the species, condition, trunk diameter, and mature tree height.


Storm or Other Damaged Right-of-Way Trees 
For storm or other damage to trees in your right-of-way, call (614) 901-6591 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or (614) 901-6790 after 4:30 p.m. on weekends or holidays.

The benefits of urban trees are many, including beautification, reduction of the urban heat island effect, reduction of storm water runoff, reduction of air pollution, reduction of energy costs through increased shade over buildings, enhancement of property values, improved wildlife habitat, and mitigation of overall urban environmental impact. For more information on urban forestry, call the Parks and Urban Forest Manager at (614) 901-6598.