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EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB), a non-native, Invasive pest that is killing Ash trees across America, is NOW IN VANDERBURGH COUNTY.  If you have an Ash tree, and if it is worth saving, and you want to save it, NOW would be the time to start treating it.  To protect Ash trees worth saving, it is recommended they be treated before an area is infested.  Once trees are infested, it may be too late to save them.  These links >HERE & HERE< are helpful guides for property owners to know what options are available for treating trees.  if you have property in Evansville, and would like a Certified Arborist to look at your tree to determine it's condition and if it is worth saving, call us at the phone or email at the bottom of this page. 

The Evansville Parks Foundations and TruGreen have partnered with the City of Evansville to help find sponsors to SAVE OUR PUBLIC ASH TREES.  if you are interested in sponsoring to save our public Ash trees, please click the link >HERE< to go to that web site that has information about the Evansville ADOPT-AN-ASH program, including maps showing where our public Ash trees are that are available to be sponsored.  Those interested can also call Anthony Moffat at TrueGreen 812-304-0029, Evansville Parks Department 812-436-4161, or the Department of Urban Forestry 812-436-5752.

The following Companies are currently providing treatments to protect Ash trees from EAB: Colonial Classics, Jarvis Tree Service, The Rooted Barrel LLC, Second Nature Landscaping, Tenbarge Seed, and TruGreen.

Important informational links about EAB:

How to Identify an Ash tree - Click HERE

About EAB in North America - Click HERE

About EAB in Indiana - Click HERE

Upcoming events:

Ordinance Compliance Seminar - Tree Pruner's (Arborist) Licensing

Dates & Time: 2017: Feb 2, May 4, Aug 3, & Nov 6 each @ 6pm central time.

Cost: FREE (Must Bring Picture ID)  Length: 4 hours

Location: Wesselman Woods Nature Center - 551 S. Boeke Rd.

Description:  Seminar required for obtaining Tree Pruner's license. >>>click here to see how to obtain and maintain a license<<<


Do you need to hire someone to prune or remove a tree?

For a person/business to prune or remove trees for hire within the city of Evansville, on public or private property, they must have a license.  What does it mean if the company does not have a license?  It may be that they do not have the appropriate insurance.  Click >HERE< to get a list of licensed tree companies.  Please remember that the list is updated routinely.  For more information on hiring a tree company click >HERE<.  Click the International Society of Arboriculture link below to do a search for Certified Arborists.  If you are a tree company and need to get a license, call our office at 436-5752.

 Publications about trees & how to care for them

Accomplishments & Future Goals Reports - See what our department has accomplished, and what we plan on doing in the near future.  Includes a list of tree work preformed by Department of Urban Forestry.

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Arboricultural Specifications Manual- Tree planting, pruning, & care specifications for city owned trees in Evansville. Includes lists of acceptable and unacceptable trees.

Watering Trees - It's not as simple as you may think...check out this helpful tree watering guide.

Planting Trees A document that describes how to select the right tree for the right place, and how to properly plant them.

Why Not to Top Trees - 8 reasons why not to top trees and alternatives to topping.

Construction, Development, & Trees - Description of how development/construction can harm trees, and how to preserve trees during development.

Benefits of Trees in Business/Commercial Districts

About our Department...

The Evansville Department of Urban Forestry is under the Department of Transportation and Services, and consists of four full time tree crew workers, and is managed by the Evansville City Arborist. The duties of the Department of Urban Forestry are as follows:

  • Enforcement of the Evansville Tree Ordinance.
  • Accomplishes the day to day activities of hazardous tree and tree limb removal.
  • Removal of tree debris created by storms.
  • Inventory of existing public trees.
  • Supervision of the Arborist Licensing program.
  • Presentation of tree related materials to public.
  • Development and dissemination of educational brochures pertaining to trees.
  • Inspection and recommendations for public tree issues.
  • Dissemination and review of public tree planting and removal permits.
  • Planning, performing, and assistance for public tree planting.
  • Recertification for Tree City USA status & Growth Award.
  • Planning and supervision of annual Arbor Day event.
  • Coordination with other government agencies, not-for-profit groups, and the public concerning tree related activities issues.
  • Apply for Grants.

Tree Advisory Board

Board meetings can now be viewed LIVE as they are happening, or past meetings can be viewed by clicking >>>HERE<<<.  The Evansville Tree Advisory Board meets the first Thursday of the month at 8am, in room 318 of the Civic Center.  Special meetings, or a change of location will be announced here in the future.  If you would like to have an agenda, or would like to be on the agenda, please call 436-5752.

Evansville Tree Ordinance - regulates the appointment and activity of the Tree Advisory Board, pruning and care of trees on public property, tree pruner's licensing requirements, and other public tree concerns.

Evansville Parking Lot Landscape codes - requires landscaping and trees for certain parking lot developments.  You will need to scroll down to section 18.135.120 to find the section regarding trees.

Related Links

Go to the GIS Mapping Website - Shows street and park trees, forested areas, parks, nature areas, champion trees, and canopy cover in Evansville.

International Society of Arboriculture - This site can be used to look up Certified Arborists, and professional arboricultural standards.

National Arbor Day Foundation - Includes information about the Tree City USA program, Growth Award, and other tree related information.

Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Urban forestry Section

Purdue University Publications - This is a link to a great number of FREE publications available on-line from Purdue University.

Indiana Community & Urban Forestry- Lists programs, publications, and other information about urban forestry in Indiana.

Southwest Indiana Master Gardener Association - upcoming events, classes, programs, and activities sponsored by the Master Gardeners.

National Big Tree Register - List of the largest known tree of each species in the US.  This list is maintained by American Forests.  Can you find the two national champion trees in Evansville in the list?

Indiana Big Tree Register- List of the largest known tree of each species in Indiana.  There are 26 in Vanderburgh County!

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) - See where EAB currently is, and other information about the pest.

Keep Evansville Beautiful - This is a not-for-profit organization that is beneficial for programs such as Anti-Litter campaigns, Adopt-A-Spots, and of course, our annual Arbor Day event.

Wesselman Nature Society - The site is linked to Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve & Center, Howell Wetlands, and Canoe Evansville.  Wesselman Woods is a natural gem in the city containing many wonderful trails and champion trees!

Pigeon Creek Greenway - Instrumental not-for-profit group that has dedicated towards the completion and improvement of our local Greenway trail system through the city.

Indiana Arborist Association- Link to other Professional Arborists in Indiana.

Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society - an organization focusing on educating the public about the benefits of using native plants.  the local chapter of this organization is SWINPWS.

Contact us at...

1000 Oak Hill Road                 
Evansville, IN 47711
Phone: (812) 436-5752
Fax: (812) 436-5748

City Arborist: Shawn Dickerson

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Last updated: 4/26/2017 10:31:44 AM