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 policies—to ensure safe, healthy tree coverage now and into the future.
The City works with TreeKeeper to document and preserve information regarding Ferndale's urban tree canopy. This includes the number and variety of trees located in public spaces— parks, rights 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.
Tree assessments for 2022's urban canopy are currently underway. The Public Works Department will be assessing the northeast quadrant of the City this winter.
Want 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. You can request a tree using our online form. After submitting the form, the Department of Public Works will contact you for billing information and to schedule delivery/planting of your tree. The DPW has a set number of trees they will be able to plant in the spring of 2023, once those spots have been filled the link for tree requests will stop working. 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 before planting.
The 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 door hanger. 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 the tree must be replaced. The City also has 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? Find a certified arborist 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.