Forestry Division

The Forestry Division is committed to planting, maintaining and the overall health of Midland’s urban forest. The City of Midland maintains over 28,000 trees in the outlawns of the City and nearly the same number located in the many parks in Midland. Trees help keep our city cool, mitigate storm water and make Midland beautiful.

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The Parks and Recreation receives several calls each year regarding the process on tree removal. Below are details on how this process works.

  • Trees are marked for removal based on observation by the City's forestry crew or by homeowners. 
  • If a tree is deemed dead or dying, it will be marked indicating what action will be taken. Please understand that the City of Midland WILL NOT remove live trees from outlawn areas.  
  • If a tree is scheduled for removal, the homeowner will be notified via door hanger of the removal. Once the tree is removed, small pieces will be chipped and the trunk of the tree will be left for firewood. 
  • It is the homeowners responsibility to dispose of this firewood (typically firewood will disappear within days if left on the outlawn). 
  • A stump will temporarily be left at the site until a stumping contractor can remove it. Stumping is very seasonal and it could take several months for stumps to be ground. No stumping is done in winter months. 
  • Once the stump is cleared, the City will repair any damage to the site caused by machinery. 
  • The City may replant the outlawn with a new tree that is appropriate for the area. If you do not want a replant, please contact the Parks and Recreation Office with this information. 
  • Homeowners are NEVER to trim or remove outlawn trees. Doing so could end up in a significant fine to the homeowner.

Requesting a Tree in Your Outlawn

  • The City will plant the outlawn with a new tree that is appropriate for the area. 
  • The Parks and Recreation Office does not take requests for specific species of trees. 
  • Before the new tree is planted, there will be a hanging door tag notifying the homeowner and the outlawn will be staked. 
  • We ask that you maintain the health of your tree by watering it constantly with the tree watering device left at your home. 

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Contact Us

  1. Parks and Recreation Office

    Email Parks and Recreation

    Phone: 989-837-6930 / Weather Hotline 989-399-0506

    Municipal Service Center, 4811 N. Saginaw Rd., Midland, MI 48640



    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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