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Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Tree Trimming

To make room for large equipment, reduce the possibility of damage to trees, and help ensure public safety, crews will trim street trees within the project area. Arborists may also trim low lying limbs on privately owned trees if they are encroaching into the right-of-way. The city only removes limbs that could be damaged or cause unsafe working conditions in construction areas.

To accommodate the construction equipment required to perform trench excavation trees are generally trimmed to 15 feet at each curbside and 20 feet in the center of the street.Tree trimming the city performs for Environmental Services projects is done at the city’s expense. Property owners have the option to hire their own arborist to do the work if they choose. In either case, the property owner is responsible for the longevity and health of street trees.