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Trees in Rockville
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.
The City maintains approximately 28,000 street trees and 872 acres of parkland. Recognizing that forests are some of the most significant natural resources within the city, more than 300 acres of parkland are designated as Forest Preserve. Just one acre of trees can remove up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year.
Reporting Felled Trees and Branches
To report a felled tree or downed 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.
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:
Benefits of Trees
Trees provide privacy and serve as a screen for undesirable views. Trees can be plants in memory of someone. Trees break up the monotony of hardscapes and buildings.
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Hiring a Tree Care Contractor
All companies and individuals who perform tree care in the State of Maryland are required to be licensed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a Tree Care Expert . You should ask for proof of this license. It is also a good idea to ask if the company has a certified arborist on staff. This certification is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture and indicates a higher level of tree care knowledge.
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More information on trees:02/01/2011