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Urban Forestry
The City of Savannah has a grand history as The Forest City. General James Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia in 1733. One of the first ordinances in the new colony was a prohibition against cutting trees, stating “No tree may be cut without the express permission of Noble Jones”. As early as 1891, trees were planted in an organized manner along streets and boulevards, and in parks and squares. In 1896, the Park and Tree Commission was established to assure the orderly forestation and beautification of the entire City.

Savannah is renowned for its remarkable urban forest and long standing commitment to its urban forest resource. Savannah has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA since 1985 and has also been recognized as a Sterling City USA for its long standing commitment to professional management and improvement of the urban forest resource. The City’s urban forestry program received Grand Awards for Outstanding Community Service from the Georgia Urban Forest Council in 2000 and 2007.

Savannah's Urban Forestry Program provides a variety of professional tree related services to the public for trees within the City rights of ways. Residents may simply call 311 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) during regular business hours  to request service or report a problem.  After hours, emergency requests should be called into the 24-hour dispatch center at (912) 351-3434.

Please Note: The Park and Tree Department does not pick up tree debris from private property.

Services Include:
Service Request Pruning
Preventive Maintenance Pruning
Structural Pruning
Tree Planting
Hazard Emergency Tree Removal
Stump Grinding
Tree Down/Limb Down

The Northern end of Forsyth Park is designated by City Council as an Arboretum.