Trees are an important part of our community and enhance the environment by: absorbing carbon dioxide; improving water quality through filtration and erosion control; providing temperature control and wind breaks; and supporting wildlife habitat necessary for biodiversity. Trees have also been shown to increase property values, reduce crime, and improve mental health. The City of Ames has been a recognized “Tree City USA” since 1983. The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. The City received this recognition by demonstrating a commitment to caring for and managing our public trees.
If you have concerns about conditions, maintenance, or safety of trees at city parks or on city right-of-way, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 515-239-5341.
Additional Tree Information
- Christmas Tree Recycling
- Emerald Ash Borer
- Memorial Tree Program
- Municipal Code Chapter 27 - Trees and Shrubs
- Policy for Protection of the Public Right-of-Way Trees
- Storm Damaged Tree Clean Up Policy
- Street Tree Planting Permit Application
- Tree Surgeon Licenses
- Watering Guidelines for Newly-Planted Trees