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Street Tree Information 

The City of Fort Wayne’s urban canopy is recognized as a key element of our overall infrastructure. Our trees are one of the very few components of our infrastructure that do not depreciate over time; they actually provide an increased benefit/value as time passes. 

Any tree that has been planted in the public right of way is a street tree. The public right of way's width varies from street to street, but it is generally defined as the area from the street side curb inward to a distance of approximately 8 feet. This area is used for sidewalks, utility lines, and street trees. 

Street trees benefit our community in many ways. They define the character of our neighborhoods and add to the value of our properties. Street trees provide aesthetic, environmental and socioeconomic benefits that help improve our quality of life. Learn more about t
he benefits that our urban canopy provides.

For questions about the trees, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Forestry Team is responsible for maintaining the urban canopy. This public asset is comprised of almost 50,000 street trees located along nearly 1300 miles of roadway and 20,000 trees found within our 87 parks.


Do you want to know more about the benefits of trees?  Check out this podcast with Derek Veit, City Forester, and Steve McDaniel, Director! Benefits of Trees Podcast!


Check out the links below to learn more about the Street Tree Program:

Street Tree Protection

Street Tree Pruning/Maintenance

Street Tree Removal

Street Tree Planting

Storm Related Response for Street Trees

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Check out additional resources:

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Shading our City: The Urban Forestry Management Plan is now available on-line.

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General Information

City Arborist: Derek Veit (260.427.6480)

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