This page provides information on a variety of programs, policies, studies, and efforts related to urban forest management. The Charlottesville Parks and Recreation department is responsible for planting, maintenance, and removal of trees on public properties including parks, schools, street right-of-ways, and public buildings. The City of Charlottesville takes an active role in our urban forest through:
The City of Charlottesville has created this guide for homeowners, developers and others related to the care and preservation of trees. The City also publishes a Standards and Design Manual of specific requirements and specifications for work built in public areas of the City.
See also: Tree Conservation
This assessment of public lands was conducted to determine the extent, type, and management options for exotic trees, vines, and other plants that threaten our urban forests and landscapes. Invasive plant species management techniques (PDF) for various invasive species are included in the report appendix. Take a look at the Charlottesville Vegetative Debris Management Plan (PDF) for more details.
In addition to the resources on this website and in City parks, the City of Charlottesville helps educate the public in several other important ways:
Jefferson Park Avenue Utility Friendly Arboretum
The Jefferson Park Avenue (JPA) Utility Friendly Arboretum (PDF) showcases tree species that fit under and above utilities without needing pruning and that do not impact the utilities around them. Visit the median along JPA to see trees and learn more about how you can plant similar trees on your property.
Tree City USA Recognition
Charlottesville has received Tree City USA Recognition since 2006 and received a "Growth Award" in 2010 for its efforts to further improve its forestry management.
Arbor Day Celebration
The City of Charlottesville holds an annual Arbor Day celebration. For more about the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA Program, visit the Tree City USA website.
Charlottesville is committed to sustainability and promotes green practices that improve the quality of our natural resources and that contribute to healthier natural habitat, increased recreational opportunities, and improved aesthetics. Please enjoy this interactive map to find projects and resources, access additional information, and get inspired.
The City has appointed a Tree Commission to help advise staff and council on urban forest management efforts and policies.
Take a look at our tree conservation ordinances and nominate a tree for conservation.
In January of 2018, Charlottesville Parks and Recreation initiated a project with the goal of creating an inventory of all the trees that exist on public property within the City of Charlottesville.
The City completes a Canopy Assessment approximately every 5 years, which is paid by in part by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forestry grants. These efforts are designed to place the City in a position to manage its forests and trees in a sustainable and renewable manner, and provide for a codified program that meets the needs and values of our community.