Tree Selection and Planting


Did you know that there are nearly 100,000 trees that line more than 530 miles of streets within the city, providing shade, filtration, and a scenic backdrop? Many thousands of additional trees are found in our developed park system and within the City’s 3,600 acres of natural area parkland. Natural area parks contain an array of native trees with associated understory, forming diverse habitats ranging from closed-canopied forest to open savanna. Our city’s urban forest helps make Eugene one of the most livable cities in the United States.

If you are planting trees in the City right-of-way and/or near utility lines, please check the APPROVED STREET TREES list at the City of Eugene Urban Forestry website and call 541-682-4800 before planting to double-check your choice(s).

The Eugene Water & Electric Board offers resources for selecting, planting, pruning and maintaining trees on your property that could potentially conflict with overhead electrical lines. EWEB also operates an extensive vegetation management program led by the utility’s full-time arborists and foresters. If you have questions or concerns about trees near utility lines, call (541) 685-7000.

For more information and some very useful illustrations and other helpful information about individual trees, please see http://www.jfschmidt.com/utilitrees/.

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