Residential Dead or Dying Tree/Limb Removal Program

Removing Dead Tree
Over the years our urban forest has taken a beating.   From aging trees to various infestations (Emerald Ash Borer), large segments of our trees have died or are dying. This situation is not unique to Forest Park. Communities throughout Ohio are experiencing the same devastating problem.   However, what is different is Forest Park’s determination to develop a long-term, comprehensive solution.

The City long-term goal has always been to ensure the vitality and diversity of its urban forest. This is seen through a variety of forest management programs which have included street/park tree maintenance programs, the Chipper-Chipper and Christmas Tree Drop-off Programs, and the “Reforesting” Forest Park Program.   The final piece of its urban forestry management program was the Residential Dead or Dying Tree/Limb Removal Program that began in 2018. 

Goals

•   To provide financial assistance in the removal of dead and dying trees/limbs to single and double family households.
•   To identify and enlist the services of tree experts.
•   To remove potentially dangerous and unsightly trees and limbs.

Street trees  are not eligible in this program (trees between the sidewalk and the street)
   The City's Public Works Department is responsible for those trees (595-5258). 

Program Description

1.   Funding

  • The Environmental Program will place $15,000 in their annual budget for residential subsidies.
  • Subsidies will be 50% of the cost of the dead or dying tree/limb removal up to a maximum subsidy amount of $750 per household.
  • Subsidies will be allocated to households on a "first come, first serve" basis.  
  • Subsidies will help fund the removal of dead/dying trees & limbs ONLY.  Any cosmetic work such as stump removal, healthy tree limb "pruning" and grass seeding will be contracted separately with the contractor and paid directly by the resident.

2.  Registration  (MUST REGISTER)

August (registration occurs the entire month)

  • Registration:
    1. In-Person - Registration sheets in the lobby of the City Municipal Building. 
    2. Contacting Environmental Office - Call or email the below information
      • Name
      • address
      • phone number
      • email address
      • number of trees to be assessed

  • Residents MUST REGISTER to receive a FREE site assessments and cost estimate from our partnering ArboRx Tree Specialist. 
  • After the registration period is completed, residents who did not register can contact the Environmental Office to inquire whether or not funding is still available.  If funding is available, they may be able to register with the Environmental Manager at that time. 

3.  Free Site Assessments and Cost Estimates

September and October
(weather dependent)

  • Site assessments can only be done by ArboRx Tree Specialist.  Site assessments include marking eligible trees (pink ribbons for tree removal, green ribbons for limb removal), taking tree photos, and providing tree and limb removal cost estimates.
  • Dead and dying limbs must be at least 2" in diameter to qualify for subsidies.
  • Site assessment visits are "unscheduled." 
  • All completed assessments are emailed to the resident the same day as the site visit.  Those residents who do not use emails will have their completed assessment placed in their mailbox.
  • Residents are strongly encourage to contact Arborx Tree Specialists if they have questions or concerns about their assessment.  Questions and/or concerns could include:
    1. Costs
    2. Wood - Does the resident want to keep the wood or have it removed?
    3. Dead/Dying Limb removals - How many limbs will be removed? 
      (should be on assessment)  
    4.  Cosmetic Work  (Paid for by the resident, not part of the subsidy program!
      •  Stump Removal
        • Stumps can not be higher than 7".   (City Ordinance)
        • Stumps will be cut to 2" above the soil line unless resident requests a slightly higher stump.
      • Healthy Limb "Pruning"
        • Additional "healthy" limb pruning requests must be made before the actual work occurs.  Therefore, make sure you thoroughly discuss this with Arborx Tree Specialist before signing the assessment.
      • Yard Raking/Grass Seeding

Arborx logo
ArboRx Tree Specialist
Dave Partin
O)  513-759-8733          C)  513-673-4726
arborx@gmail.com
  

4.  Dead/Dying Tree and Limb Removal

December and January
(weather dependent)

  • Arborx Tree Specialist will email all registered residents mid to late November to let them know the date they have scheduled to complete the work.
  • Those residents without email will be contacted either by phone or mail.
  • Arborx Tree Specialist may change "scheduled" dates depending on weather conditions so check your emails occasionally during this time period.
  • If resident’s want extra work done by the tree/limb removal work crews during the "scheduled" removal time, and that extra work is not specifically stated and agreed to in writing on the tree assessment agreement, then residents are directly responsible for any extra costs due to the extra time needed to do the requested work.

Alternative Contractors

  • Residents can, after the initial tree assessment is completed, contract with another contractor if the contractor has the necessary qualifications.  Documents containing the below information must be submitted to the Environmental Office and APPROVED before any subsidy funding is provided.  Alternative contractor approvals will come in the form of a letter from the Environmental Office once documentation has been reviewed and approved.  Any work done by alternative contractors before written approval is given will not be eligible for subsidy funding.

    Qualifications and Documentation
    1. Only qualifying trees/limbs initially marked by ArboRx Tree Specialist are subject to removal by outside contractors.  Any tree/limb removed that was not marked by ArboRx IS NOT ELIGIBLE for subsidy funding.
    2. Contractor must be a certified Arborist.
    3. Contractor must have company insurance and workers compensation.
    4. Contractor's estimate invoice
  • Residents have 30 days after receiving ArboRx's Tree Specialist's initial assessment/cost estimate to provide the above information to the Environmental Office.  After 30 days:
    • The opportunity to use an alternative contractor in this program ends.
    • Any work done by alternative contractors will be entirely paid for by the resident.