The City of Ferndale, a Tree City USA designated
community, prides itself on maintaining a healthy urban forest. The current
urban canopy cover for the city is 30%, with a goal of achieving 40%. To
improve our canopy, the City has created a variety of programs—including a
community tree planting program, tree maintenance program, and updates to some
ordinances and polices—to ensure safe, healthy tree coverage now and into the
The City works with TreeKeeper to document and preserve information regarding Ferndale's urban tree canopy. This includes number and variety of trees located in public spaces— parks, right of ways, and medians. Surveys are completed by quadrant annually, one quadrant per year on a four-year cycle.
To learn more about the trees in your neighborhood or community, visit the TreeKeeper map and database.
to contribute to Ferndale’s Urban Tree Canopy? Ferndale residents and business owners can purchase trees to be planted in the public right of way (between the
sidewalk and the street) through the City's tree purchasing program.
Community tree plantings occur annually in the Spring.
Tree orders can be placed using our online form. The deadline for the annual Spring planting is January 31. The online form will reopen in the Fall for the spring planting of the following year. The DPW will contact you for billing information and to schedule delivery/planting of your tree.
All trees are sourced from local, licensed nurseries, and come with a one-year warranty.
Interested in purchasing and planting your own tree? No problem! Please fill out this Tree Permit for that work prior to planting.
Highly trained volunteers may be used to help plant trees throughout the city. If you are interested in participating in the volunteer tree planting program, please contact Environmental Sustainability Planner Erin Quetell at 248-336-4361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Public Works provides a variety of city services, including
maintenance on trees located in public spaces. Tree maintenance includes
corrective pruning, watering, mulching, or removal due to pests or severe
damage. DPW does not conduct tree maintenance on private property.
If tree maintenance is conducted on trees in your neighborhood, DPW
will notify you accordingly via a leave-behind doorhanger. Check it out below!
Ferndale is a zero-loss community, meaning if trees are removed for a variety of reasons (new development, hazard, disease etc.) the same number and/or size of tree must be replaced. The City also has a several ordinances that protect trees and other vegetation throughout the community. These are in place to ensure that the urban forestry is preserved and maintained appropriately, especially in new development.
Need a tree trimmed or removed on your private property? This link provides certified arborists in the State of Michigan. Selecting a Certified Arborist ensures that the tree is properly trimmed, treated, or removed safely.
The US Department of Agriculture Forest Service developed a manual for tree owners that covers everything from tree selection to maintenance.
View a comprehensive list of the permits you can apply for in Ferndale.