Forestry is responsible for the care and maintenance of all trees on City-owned property, including parks, open space, public spaces, streets and right-of-ways.
Wheat Ridge uses a comprehensive geographic information system (GIS) tool to take inventory and conduct assessments of all trees on City-owned property. The inventory helps establish work plans and priorities by:
- Providing current reports on overall tree condition
- Identifying trees that need to be pruned or removed
- Revealing any systemic problems with disease or pests
- Identifying distribution of tree species according to height, size, and other characteristics
- Identifying locations with sufficient space for future planting
The City uses non-toxic pheromone traps to monitor insect pests that may cause damage to trees and shrubs in parks and right-of-ways. The traps survey a variety of problematic insects to help Forestry maintain healthy trees in our community.
You may see these cardboard or light weight plastic traps varying in shape and size throughout City parks during the spring and summer months. All traps are labeled.
Please do not disturb.
Love Our Trees
Newly planted trees along the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt are thirsty, show them some love by giving them a drink. Throughout the summer, you’ll find buckets or watering cans at the trees that you can fill with creek water. Please return buckets before you leave.
Thanks for loving our community trees!
Save the date!
On Saturday April 16th and 23rd, 2022, we're hosting a tree sale at Anderson Park! There will be 20+ species of trees available at wholesale prices. Trees are ¾” to 1” diameter, 4-5 feet tall, grown in #7 pots. See full list of tree species available here (PDF). The sale will be pickup only, cash or check accepted.
For more information, contact Andrew McDonald at AMcDonald@ci.wheatridge.co.us.
City of Wheat Ridge Hazardous Tree Removal Grant Program
The City of Wheat Ridge’s Hazardous Tree Removal Grant Program is a 50% matching grant program, providing up to $1500 per property to private landowners for full tree removal of dead or dying hazardous trees which qualify as posing significant risk. Candidacy of trees for the program is to be determined by, and at the full discretion of the City Forester based on an official assessment and list of qualifying factors. Following the City Forester’s assessment, qualifying applicants must seek immediate tree removal services from a City approved list of contractors. Property owners will be required to pay for the tree work and will be reimbursed by the City through grant funds after the tree work is completed in order to prevent misuse of funds allocated by the City.
Applications closed on November 1st for the 2021 cycle.
Find tree care services in Wheat Ridge by viewing our list of licensed contractors, or find information on becoming a licensed contractor.
Honor a loved one with new life by making a donation and having a tree planted in their honor.
Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care.
Learn about the Emerald Ash Borer and its impact on the forests of Colorado.