Tree Canopy Expansion Program
The vision of the Tree Canopy Expansion Program is to help beautify Royal Oak's landscape, while providing quality of life and environmental benefits to our residents. The Sustainability and Climate Action Plan goal is to increase the tree canopy to at least 40 percent.
- Strategically plant street trees to provide neighborhoods with numerous benefits, including: cleaner air and water, improved property values, less storm water runoff and flooding, and lower energy bills through reduced heating and cooling costs.
- Improve public outreach and education on tree planting and maintenance.
- Foster biodiversity throughout the urban tree canopy.
Support for this project provided by the U.S. Forest Service.
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Fortunately, trees can planted in most public utility easements, even where other underground utilities like gas and electric are present, unless:
- Low-hanging overhead utility lines are present, or
- An existing tree is within 25-30 feet on the same easement, or
- Placement would create a sightline obstruction
Some easements are atypically narrow, but such does not necessarily exclude those locations. Overhead utility lines also do not automatically exclude a location from the program, but would require additional review and a smaller species of tree. Residents who want a tree, but are concerned about eligibility for any reason are encouraged to still submit a request and include photos, if possible.
Tree requests will be reviewed by city staff to verify that site conditions are appropriate for a planting.
One tree per residential address, corner lots may be eligible to receive two.
Tree species and final planting location will be determined by city staff.
Initial watering will be performed by the planting contractor and residents will be responsible to water the tree at least once per week for 2-3 weeks after planting.
A variety of tree species will be planted as part of this program in order to promote biodiversity. A listing of specific trees will be published here once local availability is determined.
Royal Oak arborists will determine the species and placement for each planting; special requests cannot be accommodated.
What is a Street Tree?
A 'street tree' is one that is in the public right-of-way (It's generally on the lawn area between the sidewalk and the curb). In the diagram below, three of the trees are street trees.
Royal Oak has earned the National Arbor Day Foundation distinction of “Tree City USA” every year since the distinction’s inception in 1976.
Royal Oak Land Cover