Public Works & Natural Resources
With the highly destructive emerald ash borer (EAB) now confirmed in Colorado, many residents have questions. It has not been detected in Longmont, but it has been found in Boulder. Preventative treatments for saving desirable ash trees in our town will be needed in the future. City of Longmont Forestry will issue an official notice when that time comes.
Learn more about EAB and understand precautions >
To preserve and enhance Longmont’s community forest through wise, efficient, long term management practices, maximizing the environmental, social, and economic benefits derived from trees in the urban landscape.
Forestry Services is responsible for the care and maintenance of over 20,000 public trees, including those found in parks, street right-of-ways, arterial roadways, greenways and around public buildings. Maintenance activities include planting, pruning, inspecting, applying insect and disease treatments, and removing dead or dying trees. Forestry Services also responds to citizen questions and concerns as well as conducts public education programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I report a tree issue or concern?
- Contact the Public Works Call Center at 303-651-8446 or Forestry Services at 303-651-8449
- Who can assist with tree concerns on my private property?
- What are some recommended trees to plant?
- Why do the leaves on Elm trees appear to be brown?
- Why does my Spruce or Pine tree not appear to be healthy?
- Why does my Walnut tree have yellow/brown leaves or has dying branches?
Forestry and the Environment
Data from the 2008 Tree Canopy study
Longmont’s current urban forest was found to store 62,873 tons of carbon, sequester 489.5 tons per year, and when including stormwater & water quality benefits, constitutes a combined value of over $8,400,000.00 in savings to the city."
"The City of Longmont has a current tree canopy of 1461 acres or about 8.7% of the citywide area of 16,704 acres. The impervious surfaces total close to 40% of the city (7766 acres), which includes impervious surfaces that are drained to a sewer and compacted dirt or gravel surfaces.
The current tree canopy cover CITYgreen report for Longmont reflects a value of $246,825 in air quality pollutant removal savings and a total carbon storage capacity of around 62,873 tons.
With an increase in total tree canopy to 25% coverage or an additional 2715 acres, the storage capacity increases to 179,696 tons with an additional 1399 tons sequestered annually based on tree growth. Moreover, the city realizes a significant cost savings due to the improved canopy ($705,441), an increase of $458,616. The payback includes tens of thousands of pounds of widespread air pollutant removal, greater than before health benefits, lesser costs associated with poor health, and an aesthetically more pleasing cityscape, just to name a few. Trees impact stormwater runoff in a number of ways. With an increased tree canopy from 9% to 25%, the city could potentially realize over $20M (twenty million dollars) in runoff savings and would require almost 10 million cubic feet less in water retention facilities capability.
2008 Tree Canopy Study (PDF 2.3 MB)
Urban Tree Benefits (PDF 116 KB)
303-774-4385, ext. 1
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