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2014 "Reforesting" Forest Park Program back  
Date of Record: May 22, 2013

A large portion of our urban forest are currently being (or will soon be) confronted by tree killing insects and/or by fungal diseases.  These insects/diseases have already been found in and around Hamilton County.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, along with many county and local governments, are doing everything they can to delay or remove this treat.  However, past history has shown these insects and diseases usually have the advantage and steadily progress from one area to another.  Below are examples of what southwestern Ohio is or will be probably experiencing within the near future. 

As our trees slowly (or quickly) succumbed to the stresses caused by these infestations, the Environmental Program is putting into place a long-term program that allows residents to either replace their infected tree OR plant new trees where none have been present.  It is hoped this program will continue for several years, thus increasing the number and diversity of new trees planted. 

The Environmental Program Manager has met with Wendi Van Buren, ODNR Regional Urban Forester, to develop a diverse list of trees which are known for their increased resistance to fungal and insect infestations. It is our hope that over the long-term, the City's urban forest will become more diverse and much healthier than it is today.
1.  Program Goals and Objectives
  • To replenish Forest Park's urban forest with more resistant trees.
  • To diversify the types of trees within the City's urban forests.
  • To assist residents in the purchasing of these trees.


  • To provide a 75% subsidy on selected trees identified in the 2014 Tree List. 
  • To allow household the opportunity to select and plant two (2) trees.
  • To implement and maintain a reforesting program for several years.  
2.  Program Description - What residents have to do
  1. Review the 2014 Tree List and decide which tree(s) they want to order.
  2. Complete the Tree Order Form.
  3. Attach a personal check for their cost of the tree(s) to the Tree Order Form and mail it back to the Forest Park Environmental Awareness Office.
  4. Plant the tree(s) when they are delivered.  Check the Tree Order Form for container size and approximate height. 
Watch the "containerized" video
(Read "Planting Containerized or Grow Bag Trees.")
(Endorsed by the Ohio Nursery and Landscaping Association and ODNR Division of Forestry.)
All tree orders must be received no later than Friday, August 15.  The City will deliver the trees to each home the last week in September.
3.  Planting Considerations (Very Important)

Tree Selection
  • Do not plant within 40 feet of overhead, primary electric lines
  • Allow for plenty of room for crown spread from buildings, roads, driveways, etc.
Tree Planting Location Guide

tree planting location guide


Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS)

By law, everyone MUST contact the Ohio Utilities Protection Service, 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764, at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before beginning ANY digging project.

A vital resource for Ohio residents and businesses alike, the Ohio Utilities Protection Service acts as a communication link between utility companies and individuals planning any digging activity. This site includes all the information you need to dig safely and protect your community.
Below are several websites that provide tree maintenance information.
4.  Dates to Remember
  • Tree Order Form Deadline - Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Tree delivery to residents - 1st week of October
5.  Trees Subsidies
  • Each tree will be subsidized by 75%
  • For Example:    $50 (trees cost) - $37.50 (Environmental Awareness subsidy) = $12.50 (Resident's cost)


Contact the City

1201 West Kemper Road
Forest Park, Ohio 45240-1697
  • Telephone Number: 513-595-5200
  • Facsimile Number: 513-595-5285
  • Staff Directory