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1. Safety - Workers try to keep all tree branches extending over the street at least 14- to 16-feet above the ground. This decreases the danger of car accidents because of reduced visibility due to overhanging branches, making sure drivers can see oncoming cars, pedestrians, and traffic signs clearly. We also want to prevent damage to trees caused by trucks clipping branches as they pass under them, keep the sidewalks clear for pedestrian traffic and keep the trees clear of power, telephone and other utility lines.
2. Trimming cycle - With over 124,000 trees to take care of, it can be a long time before a Forestry crew can return to trim a tree again. With limited staff and funding, the time between tree trimmings may be up to 13 years. That means trimmers have to cut enough to keep branches at a safe height, not just for now, but for the next 13 years.
3. Tree's health and shape - Since Forestry may not be able to return for up to 13 years to trim the tree again, it is necessary to plan for the future of the trees health and shape by removing undesirable branches now to preserve the longtime beauty of the tree.
Additionally, we will be accepting requests from residents whose homes fall outside the current year's planting area. You may make a request via phone or email. Forestry staff will survey your boulevard to determine if it is suitable for a new tree. Keep in mind, that even if you have had a boulevard tree in the past, your request is not a guarantee for a new tree. Street reconstruction, street lights, yard trees that have grown and utility conflicts may prevent proper spacing or room for a new boulevard tree to grow.
Requests will not be taken for a specific type of tree. In order to reduce maintenance and trimming costs for trees, as well as to provide continuity of appearance on each street, individual blocks are planted with the same type of trees. Tree planting will usually occur in the spring, between April 1 and June 15, but may occur in the fall, between September 15 and November 15 at the City's option. Trees are planted by a contractor and are guaranteed for one year.
Up to 200 qualifying requests will be accepted.
Contact Chris Boche at (651) 632-5129 for more information. Planting Schedule Map
If a tree-related emergency occurs after normal business hours, call the Department of Public Works Street Maintenance Section at (651) 292-6600. To report vandalism or vehicular accidents involving damage to trees, please call the Saint Paul Police at (651) 291-1111.
Prior to the opening of the Pig's Eye Wood Recycling Center, damaged and diseased trees were disposed of in metropolitan landfills. This method was costly. It was also an inefficient use of landfill space since wood waste is compacts less than other solid wastes.
In 1976, in an effort to more efficiently and economically dispose of its wood waste, the City of Saint Paul developed what is now known as the Pig's Eye Wood Recycling Center.
Potential Uses for Recycled Wood Products: