Welcome to the City of Berkeley Urban Forestry Unit

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The City of Berkeley’s municipal forest is maintained by the Urban Forestry Unit of the Parks Division, which is part of the Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Department. There are approximately 38,000 street, park, and median trees that comprise the municipal forest in Berkeley. Urban Forestry staff responds to tree-related emergencies 24/7 and performs tree maintenance year round. Tree maintenance consists of pruning, removing, and planting trees; and other tree-related duties. The Urban Forestry staff strives to preserve the public trees whenever possible. The municipal forest is managed in a manner to ensure it remains in a healthy and sustainable condition, while protecting the public right-of-way and parks. Also, violation notices are issued to property owners when private trees obstruct or pose an imminent risk to the public’s use of streets or sidewalks.  

Work done by Urban Forestry staff is performed in accordance with the current editions of the ANSI A300 Standards and the ISA Best Management Practices (BMP); and adheres to all regulatory requirements and safe work practices.


 For information about service, choose from the following links 

Tree Pruning and Removal Information

Tree Planting Information

Coast Live Oak Information

Fire Fuel Chipper and Debris Bin Program


Urban Forest Related Websites

ISA (International Society of Arboriculture)  

ASCA (American Society of Consulting Arborists)

Trees and Shrubs (B.M.C. 12.44)

Solar Access and Views (B.M.C. 12.45)

Sudden Oak Death

Common questions about private trees (NOLO Press)

City Tree Inventory (link to the public data portal)


Fire Safety Information and Other Resources

City of Berkeley Fire Prevention

State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE Homepage)

Ready for Wildfire (CALFIRE, Fire Safety and Plant Selection)

Holiday Trees and Plant Debris Management (CoB)