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Rockville values its trees and forests because of the many benefits they provide to the community. 

The Mayor and Council included in their vision for how the city will look in 2020 a Quality Environment in which Rockville is a green city in all areas. They also included the theme of having Exceptional City Services and Amenities. Trees play a significant role in each of these themes.
City Forester

The City Forester’s Office is responsible for the maintenance of all trees along the street within the public right-of-way, in parks and around City facilities. In general, street trees are located between the curb and sidewalk. Where there is not a sidewalk, the width of the right-of-way must be determined in order to know if a tree is maintained by the City’s or on private property.

The City Forester also implements the provisions of the City's Forest and Tree Preservation Ordinance, which regulates tree removal and requires tree planting on new development sites.

The objectives of the City Forester’s Office are to:

  • Preserve, protect and manage Rockville’s urban forest through tree pruning and other preventative maintenance.
  • Enhance public safety by removing dead, dying, hazardous and utility conflicted trees.
  • Improve the quality of Rockville’s urban forest areas by implementing a non-native invasive plant management program.

Reporting Felled Trees and Branches

To report a felled or downed tree or hanging branches, call 240-314-8700.
If a tree or branch has caused electric utility wires to come down, call Pepco's 24-hour emergency line at 202-872-3432.

Determining Tree Ownership

The City Forester’s Office is responsible for the maintenance of all trees along the street within the public right-of-way, in parks and around City facilities. In general, street trees are located between the curb and sidewalk. Where there is not a sidewalk, the width of the right-of-way must be determined in order to know if a tree is maintained by the City’s or on private property.

The City Forester also implements the provisions of the City's Forest and Tree Preservation Ordinance, which regulates tree removal and requires tree planting on new development sites.


Forestry Main Office
14625 Rothgeb Drive
Rockville, MD  20850
Ph:  240-314-8700
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