Forestry

Tree PlantingCrestwood first became a "Tree City USA" community in 1995. As of 2012, we have achieved this designation for 17 consecutive years. An annual Arbor Day celebration is held in April at Crestwood Park with participation from Long Elementary School. The City maintains a street tree inventory to keep track of our trees. Through cooperation with The Missouri Department of Conservation, grants have been obtained periodically to fund forestry projects within the City. Periodically, corrective pruning is performed on City trees along the streets and in parks, to maintain their health and provide clearance for streets and sidewalks.

Additionally, the Park Operations division maintains six City parks, the Government Center, the Sappington House Complex, Grant's Trail, two cemeteries, the U-turn Ramp, roadsides, islands, and other City properties.

CLICK HERE to learn more about tree care and read the article "The Right Tree in the Right Place"

Notes on street trees:

  • The owner of land shall be responsible for the maintenance of all landscape plantings located on his/her land and within the right-of-way to which the land abuts, except for trees planted by the city within a public right-of-way. Trees planted by the city and located within public rights-of-way shall be maintained by the city. All required landscape plantings shall be maintained in a healthy and neat condition.
  • These trees are not to be removed without prior permission from the City. It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to remove any trees, shrubs, or parts thereof, which are planted on their property and which overhang or interfere with traffic control devices, street lighting, public sidewalks, rights-of-way, or property owned by the city.
  • Any dead or diseased tree, on private property or within public rights-of-way, which constitutes a hazard to life or property; is diseased or infested with destructive insects or fungi; or is injurious to sewers, electric power lines, gas lines, water lines, or other public improvements shall be removed.
  • The director of public works, or the director's designated representative, shall have the authority to order the pruning or removal of any tree or part thereof on private property or within a public right-of-way, which is in violation of the regulations and standards contained in Section 26-312 of the city's code.
  • Please use caution when mowing or trimming around these trees. String trimmer damage is one of the leading causes of death for young trees.
  • If planting requirements are met, residents may plant a tree in the City right of way. The species must be approved by the City prior to planting. The City maintains a list of allowable species that can be obtained by request.

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