Urban Forest Management
Helena’s Department of Parks and Recreation, Tree Maintenance Division, is responsible for the trimming over 10,000 trees located in the city’s street rights of way, public parks, and other city-owned properties.
Requesting a New Tree
City of Helena residents and property owners may request the planting of a FREE boulevard tree by calling the Urban Forest Division office at 406-447-8426 or by email.
- Your name
- Potential address of planting location
- Phone number or email
If the site is deemed appropriate, the city arborist will add your name to the planting list. This program is first come first serve, and being on the list does not guarantee you a tree. Division resources will dictate the amount of available trees, as well as, when the planting will occur. You may request a species, but understand it may or may not be possible to fulfill your request. In return for planting the tree, we ask that you water and care for the new tree. Watering your new tree regularly for the first 2-3 years is vital for its success. Continued watering is encouraged and recommended.
- Must be inside city limits.
- Must be planted within city street right of way (boulevard).
- This program excludes new developments and is not intended to assist new developments meet vegetative coverage code requirements.
- Must have a curb and sidewalk currently installed and be landscaped to final grade.
- May not conflict with underground utilities.
- At least 10 feet away from fire hydrants, driveways or utility poles. Trees may be planted under power lines however are limited to Class I Species.
- 20-30 feet from existing trees(depending on the size).
Planting Your Own Tree
The City of Helena Urban Forest Department encourages the planting of trees in boulevards along public streets. To plant a tree in a boulevard property owners must:
1. Obtain a Tree and Boulevard Work Permit.
Copies are also available in the Parks and Recreation office. There is no charge for the permit. This procedure allows
2. Receive your approved permit.
The city arborist to review the type of tree and location to ensure the long term success and minimize potential conflicts, as well as to make sure our city wide Tree inventory is up to date and accurate as possible.
3. Plant your tree.
You will be responsible for properly planting and maintaining the tree. This includes watering, mulching, staking, tree guards, etc.
Things to remember:
- Use an approved species
- At least 10 feet away from fire hydrants, driveways or utility poles. Trees may be planted under power lines however are limited to Class I Species
- It is your responsibility to locate and avoid underground utilities.
For utility locate requests Call: 1-800-424-5555 (or 811)
If we grant you a planting permit, we may give you instructions for planting the tree correctly and you must let us know when your planting is done. If you do not follow the terms of your permit, we will let you know and you must fix the problem, which may cost you money.
WATER YOUR NEW TREE watering your new tree regularly for the first 2-3 years is vital for its success. Continued watering is encouraged and recommended.