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 future.
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.
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 (April 1-June 1).
Tree orders can be placed online at this link. The deadline for a Spring planting is January 31 prior to planting season.
All trees are sourced from local, licensed nurseries, and come with a one-year warranty. DPW staff will only plant trees on public property.
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.
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 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.
The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.
Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.
Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.
February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.
For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
View a comprehensive list of the permits you can apply for in Ferndale.