Community Forestry

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About St. Peters Forestry

The City of St. Peters Parks Department maintains thousands of trees in City parks, along right-of-way, and on other City-owned property. Hundreds of new trees are installed and maintained every year. Dozens of hazard trees are removed from public property annually by Parks staff and outside contractors. All St. Peters Parks Department arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.

In addition to installation and maintenance of trees, Parks staff also enforces the City’s Tree and Landscape Ordinance. This includes reviewing development plans, enforcing land clearing restrictions, enforcing reforestation requirements, inspecting work areas where trees are affected, communicating with developers and residents affected by the ordinance, and enforcing the City’s ban on tree topping for hire. The City of St. Peters participates in the Missouri Community Forestry Council Anti-Topping Campaign.

Tree City USAIn 1999, the City of St. Peters became the first Tree City USA in St. Charles County. St. Peters has continued to earn Tree City USA accreditation every year since. The program, sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, recognizes municipalities who demonstrate a strong commitment to responsible urban forestry management. The City must reapply each year to maintain its Tree City USA status.

Every year since 2000, the City has earned a Tree City USA Growth Award in recognition of the ongoing efforts to improve its urban forestry program. Only a fraction of Tree City USA communities earn Growth Awards each year.

Find out more about the Tree City USA Program.