The City Forester has a good knowledge of what kinds of trees do well in Hastings. You can obtain a list of these from him or just stop by the Parks & Recreation Office. Local Nurseries and Garden Centers are also good sources of information on planting the right tree for your location.
How do I obtain a copy of the Hastings Tree Preservation Guidelines?
When you are planning to build on or develop land that has significant trees, we request that you submit a Tree Preservation Plan to the Planning Department prior to any work. The plan should contain all of the parts prescribed in the guidelines. These guidelines are available from the Planning Department and from the City Forester.
Do I need a permit to plant a tree on the boulevard or public right of way?
According to City Ordinance, property owners must obtain a permit before planting a tree along the streets or other public property. You should have the tree species & planting location picked out. Then call Gopher State One for utility locations and obtain a permit from the City Forester.
Who is responsible for the boulevard trees?
On City streets, the property owner is responsible for trimming, cutting, and otherwise maintaining any tree according to City Ordinance 90.05. At periodic intervals a survey of public trees in the City is made to look for diseases that pose a threat as well as for trees that are of risk to the public. If a tree requires removal, the city makes arrangements for its removal or the property owner is notified that it is their responsibility. Trees suspected of being diseased or posing a hazard to the public can be reported to the City Forester for inspection.
Can someone evaluate the health of my trees?
Yes, the City Forester is available to make a site visit to evaluate the health of your trees. The Forester is trained to identify disease problems and potential risks associated with trees. The Forester can be contacted by calling (651) 480-6177 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.