Our urban forest encompasses trees and vegetation on both public and private property within the city limits. A dedicated staff of arborists and a professional Urban Forester maintain over 22,000 publicly owned trees in city parks and along public streets. Their work is vital to both public safety and tree preservation.
Reno’s Urban Forest Adds ValueCollectively, Reno’s urban trees provide environmental, economic and social benefits.
• Shade homes and buildings, keeping us cooler and saving energy.
• Improve air quality, filtering dust and other pollutants out of the air and absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen.
• Add privacy and help reduce noise and glare.
• Provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife that are often displaced in urban environments.
• Reduce stress! Evidence exists that the sight, smell and touch of plants reduces our stress level.
Trees on Private Property
Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their trees so they do not pose a danger to public travel and safety, obstruct traffic signs, signals and sight lines at the intersections of roadways. Owners must remove any dead trees or limbs on their property that create such a hazard.
Reporting Tree ConcernsReno’s arborists are concerned about trees that appear to be dead, dying, or diseased, that have large broken limbs, low limbs, or limbs blocking traffic signs, signals or intersection sight lines. The Urban Forestry Staff prunes or removes publicly owned trees according to the type and severity of each problem. To report concerns about trees causing a public hazard call Reno Direct at 334-INFO.
ReLEAF Reno is a new City-sponsored program designed to preserve and expand Reno’s urban forest. Today, Reno’s tree canopy is 5.2 percent. That’s not enough. With your help we can achieve our goal to preserve the health of existing trees and expand our urban tree canopy.