City-Owned Tree Removal
Trees are an important part of the urban landscape. They provide a myriad of benefits and, unlike most municipal infrastructure, actually increase with value as they age. Removal of any tree is not to be undertaken lightly and the city is committed to preserving all public trees if at all possible.
Reasons the City of Grande Prairie may remove a public tree include:
- The tree is dead, diseased, or damaged beyond repair.
- There is evidence the tree has caused major damage to or is interfering with underground utilities or hard surfaces and all other remediation options have been considered.
- The tree poses an immediate hazard to the public or property.
- The tree is too large to be transplanted to accommodate municipal infrastructure improvements.
The following reasons are not cause for public tree removal:
- It drops leaves, needles or fruit on private property (e.g. driveways, gutters)
- Its roots encroach on a private lawn.
- It interferes with a view.
- A homeowner doesn't agree with the placement of the tree.
Privately-Owned Tree Removal
Residents are encouraged to hire a local tree contractor if they require removal of a privately owned tree.