Help there’s a tree in the street!
Don’t know what to do when a tree falls into the street? The Urban Forestry section provides storm emergency response 24/7, seven days a week.
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(614)645-6640 / (614)645-3350
If you require a storm emergency response anytime during our off hours, then call Columbus Police (614)645-4545
. They will then contact us and we will send somebody out to help you.
Storm Emergency Response Plan
The Forestry Section is responsible for the management, maintenance and protection of trees growing on over 2000 miles of streets, 400 miles of alleys and over 300 parks. The primary goal of the Forestry section is to efficiently manage the urban forest in such a manner as to preserve public health, safety and welfare.
A major function of maintaining such a large urban forest is the need to respond to situations involving trees damaged by high winds or tornadoes, ice accumulation, snows, vehicular impacts and other influences. The Forestry Sections primary goal requires timely and effective response to emergency situations.
The Management Plan for public trees will use proactive measures to reduce potential storm damage. New trees will be pruned four years after planting to correct structural defects. Larger trees will be pruned to eliminate hazards, encourage dominant leaders and promote wide branch angles.