On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 the Iowa City Parks and Forestry Division began an inventory of the City's trees. A team of arborists from Plan-It Geo, a geo-technical firm from Colorado, will be out in neighborhoods gathering data on the City's urban forestry, as well as mapping and cataloging the tree species. This inventory will yield information and mapping tools to help the Parks and Forestry Division better manage and maintain Iowa City's urban forest.

Iowa City tree inventory video


The Forestry Division of the Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the care and maintenance of all City-owned trees located in parks, easements and City rights-of-way. Other duties include snowplowing in the winter and other miscellaneous duties to assist in the maintenance of public green space.

Iowa City Parks and Recreation staff are committed to the health and well-being of Iowa City's residents. As such, minimal vegetation control chemicals are used throughout the 1,800 acres of managed parks and natural areas. Turf areas and open green spaces are not routinely sprayed to control undesirable vegetation. Mechanical techniques (hand weeding, mowing/trimming, over-seeding and mulching) and landscape design techniques (such as prairie-style and new perennial design) are used to reduce the need for vegetation control chemical use. Only after mechanical means have been considered will vegetation control chemicals be used to manage noxious weeds, vegetation that poses a safety risk and invasive species. Special care will be taken to ensure protection of park users including temporarily closing active use areas when chemicals are used.

Questions about other park and forestry practices? Visit the FAQs page.