Forestry

Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation & Forestry is proud to provide a full-service Forestry Department.
The provided services include:
  • Trim and/or prune of city/public right-of-way (parking trees)
  • Remove dead, dying, hazardous or diseased trees from the parking or other city property
  • Grind out and remove stumps from the parking and city property and refill holes with black dirt
  • Other miscellaneous care of cracked and/or injured trees
  • Provide general information in regard to insect/disease problems infecting trees
Tree trimming in the city limits; is the City responsible?
The City of Fort Dodge, retains a full time Forester on the staff of the Parks and Recreation Department. The City is responsible for trimming and removing trees, at the Forester's Discretion, on city property, city streets, alleys and on parking areas. The city is NOT responsible for trees on private property under any situation. Click the link below to request a tree to be trimmed or removed.
To request Tree Trimming or Tree Removal within the Public-of-Way, Click for SeeClickFix
Planting within the Public Right-of-Way; What are my options?
Citizens are encouraged to contact the Forestry Department at 515-576-7237 before they plant any trees, bushes or anything other than grass and low ground cover in the right-of-way. Some trees are not approved for right-of-way planting. Citizens should be aware that anything planted in City right-of-way can be removed for construction or maintenance.
To view the approved trees and checklist of tree planting within the Public Right-of-Way, See Tree Planting Guide
To purchase a tree for $25 to plant within the Public Right-of-Way, Click ROW Tree Purchase
No trees available for purchase for 2020
To purchase and plant a tree in remembrance of a loved one, Click Tree Memorial Form

 Fort Dodge Awarded Mid-American Energy Trees Please! Grant

Forestry staff planting a tree
 Fort Dodge, Iowa (May 15, 2019) -  
 Representatives from Mid-American Energy
 Company presented a grant check in the amount 
 of $1,000 to the city of Fort Dodge on May 15, 
 2019.
 The grant is part of the Mid-American Energy's
 Trees Please! energy efficiency program. The
 program will allow Fort Dodge to fund tree planting
 projects in common areas such as publicly owned
 properties, schools and community spaces.
 Trees have a wealth of benefits. When
 incorporated into an energy-efficient landscape 
 design, trees can improve energy efficiency by
 serving as natural windbreaks in the winter and 
 providing shade to homes and businesses in the
 summer. Planting trees also improves air quality 
 and helps to protect and nourish the soil.
 Fort Dodge is one of 61 Iowa cities and community
 organizations receiving grants through the Trees
 Please! program. Grant recipients were selected 
 based on the individual merits of the project, the
 benefit to the community, and the ability to obtain
 matching funds.
 For more information about Trees Please!, call 
 800-434-4017 or visit Mid-American Energy's   

Contact Us

Kevin Lunn, Parks and Forestry Superintendent
Citizens Central (more)
617 Central Ave
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
  • Phone: (515) 576-7237 x 3
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    9:00am - 4:30pm

In this Department

Topics of Interest

More Information

Stay Connected:

Facebook Twitter Click to Take A Video Tour of Fort Dodge