- Parks & Recreation
- Urban Forestry
Public Tree Health & Safety
If you suspect a public/city tree poses a health &/or safety concern, please report it using Problem Reporter. As per city ordinance, no person shall plant, spray, perform major pruning, remove or otherwise disturb any public tree without written permission issued by the Director of Parks and Recreation or their designated representative.
Tree Protection Zone
When excavation/construction is planned to take place within 50 feet of a public tree, these guidelines are to be followed and a Public Tree Impact form completed and submitted to the Parks and Recreation Department at least 2 working days prior to excavation or construction. Excavation and building permits will not be issued until this application has been approved. The Parks and Recreation Department may complete a site visit prior to approval and will process the application within 2 working days of receipt. Notice of approval will be provided to the Project Manager and other corresponding city departments.
Cost Share Adopt-A-Tree Program
The City of Whitefish has created an Adopt-A-Tree Cost Share Program for the purpose of enhancing the tree inventory within our community. The program offers a unique collaboration between the homeowner and the City of Whitefish. The City and property owner will each share 50% of the initial cost of a boulevard tree to be planted by the City of Whitefish. The tree will be properly irrigated by the property owner for the first 3 years of the life of the tree. The City will provide a 20-gallon water bag for the first 3 years to minimize the efforts in performing this task and to maximize the use of water resources. The bag will be returned to the City at the end of the three years.
Should you wish to participate in the Adopt-A-Tree Cost Share Program, please complete the application form below, and return to the City of Whitefish Parks & Recreation Department for review and consideration.
Memorial Tree & Bench Program
Honor a loved one with a memorial tree or bench, or by adding a memorial plaque to an existing tree or bench in a city park. Please complete the application below and return to the City of Whitefish Parks & Recreation Department.
Emerald Ash Borer Plan
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a destructive, wood-boring pest that attacks Ash trees. Through the combination of natural spread and human activity, EAB has now been detected in 35 states and has killed millions of trees. The City of Whitefish has developed a course of action plan that serves as a tool to educate the public on how EAB may impact our community and pro-active steps the City will take before and upon its arrival. The Story Map below includes background information on the importance of urban forests, the potential effects of EAB, and the City’s efforts to prepare for EAB.
Urban Forestry Documents
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- 2020 Emerald Ash Borer Course of Action Plan (PDF)
- Approved Tree List (PDF)
- Approved Native Tree, Shrub, Groundcover and Grass List (PDF)
- Cost Share Adopt a Tree Application (PDF)
- New Tree Planting Tips (PDF)
- Tree Agreement and Release of Liability (PDF)
- Public Tree Impact Form (PDF)
- Excavation and Construction Guidelines Around a Public Tree (PDF)
- Memorial Tree Application (PDF)
- Memorial Bench Application Fillable 2022 (PDF)