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The Village of Winnetka takes great pride in its tree-lined streets and plentiful green space. Preserving the natural beauty of the community’s urban forest remains a top priority. A forestry program has been active in Winnetka for many years. The Village Forester oversees reforestation, tree preservation, and tree maintenance. A packet on Winnetka’s forestry procedures is also available for further information.

The reforestation program is designed to plant trees in existing voids and to replace dead or diseased trees located on public property. The Village Forester, in conjunction with the Environmental & Forestry Commission, has developed a Master Tree Planting List that contains tree species tolerant of urban conditions within Winnetka. Ultimately, the Village Forester is responsible for recommending the tree species best suited to each specific site and will implement watering programs when drought conditions arise.

Tree preservation ordinances were enacted in Winnetka to protect against the indiscriminate removal of trees on private property. Homeowners are required to apply for a removal permit if a tree measures 8-inches or more in diameter at breast height (DBH). When permission is requested to remove a protected tree, the Village Forester will inspect the tree in question to determine its size, health, the reason for removal, and whether replacement trees are required. If removal is permitted, a deposit per diameter inch of tree replacement is required before work is performed; A landscape plan must receive Village Forester approval and be installed coorectly before tree deposit is refunded.

Lastly, the Village’s tree maintenance program consists of removal of dead, diseased, or hazardous parkway trees and regular tree maintenance pruning. Parkway trees are generally pruned on a six to seven year cycle to develop good branching form and to improve tree health. The Village Forester also surveys private properties to identify diseased and/or dead Elm and Ash trees and will contact homeowners if trees must be removed. Winnetka has been designated a Tree City USA Community since 1991. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in cities throughout the country. Today, over 135 million people live in a Tree City USA.


Celebrate Arbor Day - April 28, 2017

Arbor Day has been celebrated since the tradition first began in 1872 in Nebraska.  Today Arbor Day is internationally recognized and celebrated in many countries around the world.  Trees provide many social, ecological and economic benefits to our society worldwide.  The Village of Winnetka invites residents to participate on April 28 at Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road.  Seasonal tree information displays along with free tree seedlings will they last will also be available.  The Village Forester will have available larger-container trees please the call the Forester for further information. If you have any questions or need an inspection of your own trees, please call the Village Forester at 847-716-3535.



Spring Public and Private Tree Planting Program

Deadline to apply is April 21, 2017

The Village is taking requests for the parkway tree planting program on public streets.  The Village plants 2” – 2 ½” trunk diameter size street trees where voids exist, at no cost to residents.  Larger trees are available, but residents are responsible for cost differences.

Trees provide many social, economic, communal and environmental benefits to the world.  Such benefits are; produce oxygen, remove pollutants from the air and provide the most cost-effective stormwater management tool by interception of rainfall. A few additional benefits include improved health and happiness for humans, wildlife food and shelter, cooling shade aspects and income property values for private and public properties.

Contact the Village Forester at 847-716-3535 to request an application, or more information.  The deadline for spring tree requests is April 21.


Plant a tree today for a greener tomorrow!

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