You can learn about planting, pruning and caring for trees through two free fall classes taught by the experts in Boise’s Community Forestry program.
Both classes begin at 6 p.m. in the Main Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Days and topics are:
- Sept. 29: How to Prune Trees
- Oct. 6: How to Select & Plant Trees
Preregistration is not required. For more information, contact Boise Community Forestry via email or by phone at (208) 384-4083.
Instructors are certified arborists with Boise Parks & Recreation’s Community Forestry division, which manages the health of 41,000 trees in public parks and rights of way throughout the city. The division has established management policies to provide a healthy, sustainable, safe urban forest for the long term.
Pruning is the most important and often most overlooked part of tree maintenance. The Boise Tree Ordinance requires a free permit be procured from Community Forestry before any person or business may prune or remove any tree on public right-of-way.
Not all tree services in the Treasure Valley are allowed to do work on public right-of-way trees within Boise’s city limits. Only a Licensed Tree Service provider authorized by Boise Community Forestry is allowed to work on the public property trees.
Topping trees is not an acceptable form of tree pruning under any circumstance; it dramatically shortens the lifespan of trees. Therefore, topping of trees by any Boise Forestry Licensed Tree Service provider is not allowed on public or private trees.
The City of Boise has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation every year since 1976. The Community Forestry division encourage Boise residents to help keep Boise’s trees healthy and green.