Central Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission
Alabama Cooperative Extension Service
Arbor Day Foundation
Alabama Urban Forestry Association
Alabama Forestry Commission
Take Root Montgomery
Cypress Nature Park / Montogmery Nature Conservancy
International Soceity of Arboculture
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Urban Forester’s phone number?
The Urban Forestry Division can be reached at (334) 241-2740.
Who makes up the Urban Forestry Division?
The Urban Forester for the City of Montgomery is Russell Stringer. Ron Ledbetter is in charge of landscape inspection. The secretary for the division is Claire Drummond.
Do you have any information about landcover studies done for this area?
Yes, you can compare studies done in 2002 (pdf 106k) and 2006 (pdf 108k) and see the changes in the land cover. You can also see the changes reflected in an analysis of the east Montgomery area from 2002 (pdf 1M) and 2006 (pdf 1M).
Questions about Tree Trimming and Removal
Will the City trim or remove the tree in front of my house?
It is against city policy to remove healthy trees from the public right-of-way. Upon request, the Urban Forester will inspect the tree and determine the correct action.
What info do I need to provide to have a tree inspected?
We will need your name and phone number, address where the tree is located, and the nature of the problem. You may call this information in to (334) 241-2740 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens after a request to inspect a tree is made?
The tree in question will be evaluated and appropriate action determined. The person who made the request is then notified of the results of the evaluation, and a work order (if appropriate) is submitted to the Maintenance Department tree crew. Please allow three business days for this to take place.
How long between work order and action?
The City tree crew will normally respond to a work order within 3 weeks, depending on workload.
Can I have a tree removed from public right-of-way at my own expense?
Trees located on public right-of-way cannot be removed without a permit from the Urban Forester.
Historic Districts and Tree trimming/removal
Can I remove a tree from my property?
It is a violation of the Historic Ordinance to remove trees from property within a designated Historic District without approval from the Architectural Review Board.
How do I get approved to remove trees in a Historic District?
You may contact the Urban Forester (334-241-2740) to inspect the tree in question. If the Urban Forester deems the tree to be a hazard, you will be issued a permit to remove the tree.
How do I get approved to remove non-hazardous trees from a Historic District?
You may contact the Planning Controls Division (334-241-2722) to be placed on the next Architectural Review Board agenda.
What happens if the Architectural Review Board denies my request and I remove the tree anyway?
The Architectural Review Board may pursue the issue in court.
Read what the International Society of Arboriculture has to say about trees at the Consumer Information Center: