Community Forestry


Community Forestry was created to educate citizens and city government about the economic, environmental, psychological and aesthetic benefits of trees. This branch of Parks and Recreation assists the City of Boise, citizen groups and volunteers in planting and sustaining healthy trees and vegetation across Boise.
Meet the Team

Made up of 10 dedicated employees, the Community Forestry team ranges from arborists to tree inspectors to nursery managers. 

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Purchase Wood Products

Community Forestry has mulch and firewood (log length) available in varying quantities throughout the year. Purchase in advance online.

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Tree Care

Community Forestry will help guide you when it comes to planting and caring for trees, as well as provide resources and additional information on tree servicing and possible pests.

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Public Trees

These are trees along right-of-ways and city streets - you can help maintain them through our pruning and planting programs, as well as alert Community Forestry of any tree-related emergencies.

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Education and Volunteer Information

Sign up to volunteer in your neighborhood.

Also available are various education materials to help you learn everything from selecting the right tree for your home to the history of different trees in our parks and neighborhoods.

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Historic District Tree Removal

If you live in a historic district and are considering tree removal, you likely need a Certificate of Appropriateness.

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Tree Related Emergency and After Hours Information

Community Forestry staff is ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to tree related emergencies (branches or trees down on streets or sidewalks, etc.).

If overhead wires are involved, DO NOT APPROACH! Contact Idaho Power Emergency Services at (208) 388-2323. Trees can conduct electricity and you could be seriously injured.

If someone has been injured or there is a fire, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Community Forestry staff will remove the tree or branch from the street or sidewalk.  If the branches are from public trees (street trees), staff will take the branch away; if the tree or branch is from a privately owned tree, the debris will be moved off the street or sidewalk, but the tree owner must haul the debris away.

During Business Hours

7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(208) 608-7700

Outside Business Hours, Weekends and Holidays

Please call (208) 489-6638

Other Parks Related Emergencies

For other after hours park related emergencies (i.e. irrigation issues, restrooms), please call (208) 489-6640

Be prepared to provide the address of the emergency, size of tree or branch, and if the branch is broken and hanging in the tree or is on the ground. 

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