To some it may sound like a contradiction of terms, but many foresters actually work in cities. Their work may not be as well known as that of their rural colleagues, but urban foresters play a vital role in the health and future of some of America's most important forests, the trees along our streets and urban river corridors, and in our parks and yards.
Every citizen wants professional police protection, a high quality fire department, and the best possible administrators of the city coffers. It is important that the welfare of our community’s tree resources be similarly entrusted to professional management.
According to studies cited by The National Arbor Day Foundation, Hastings is among the 39 percent of American municipalities that have programs in place to systematically care for their publicly owned trees. Yet the health and appearance of a community's trees is one of the most important factors in determining a city's visual image and quality of life.
Our city’s tree program is managed by a City Forester and is under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Commission which was established in 1971. This Commission serves as citizen advisors.
School classroom talks and demonstrations are available through the City Forester. Information on trees in our community, given at the level of the students, can be arranged by contacting the City Forester.
Diseased and Hazard Tree Inspections
At least three times each year a survey of public trees is made to look for diseases that pose a threat and trees that are at risk to fail. If a tree is found that requires removal according to city codes, arrangements are made or the property owner is notified.
For more information about the city’s forestry program or to request assistance from the City Forester, please contact Paul Mahoney at 651-480-6177 or via e-mail at PMahoney@ci.hastings.mn.us
You may also download a copy of the Hastings Tree Guide for your reference.
Work hours are 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.