Forestry Services

Responsibilities

Forestry Services is responsible for the care and well being of plants, trees and shrubs in public places and right-of-ways and beautifying City parks, memorials and landscapes.

Wood Chips

The City has a large supply of wood chips available free of charge to the residents of Carbondale. Chips are by-products of the Forestry Man­agement Division tree trimming and removal program. To schedule a pick-up time, call 618-457-3275. The City does not deliver chips.

Chips can be picked up at:
Maintenance Environmental Services
212 W Willow Street
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

For more information about forestry services, email Mark McDaniel, City Arborist or call him at 618-549- 5302, ext. 332.

Tree City USA

Car­bondale is one of only four cities in Illinois that have held the Tree City USA award for more than 35 consecutive years. The Tree City USA program was es­tablished in 1976 by the National Ar­bor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program. The program promotes and celebrates sustainable management and care of trees where we live. It en­courages community pride, educa­tion and individual action that improves forest resources and quality of life in our community.

The City of Carbondale has received the Tree City USA Growth Award, which recognizes Tree City USA communities for environmental improvements and achieving a higher level of tree care for the community.

Arbor Day

The City of Carbondale’s Forestry Management Division usually ends the cel­ebration of Arbor Day with the com­memorative planting of two trees at historic Woodlawn Cemetery by the Mayor and City Council Members. You can take an ac­tive part in Arbor Day by planting your own tree, or just taking the time to ap­preciate the trees in our community or on the campus of Southern Illinois University.

Tree Campus USA

On one final note, the City of Car­bondale’s Forestry Management Divi­sion is proud to announce that South­ern Illinois University received the national award as a Tree Campus USA. There are 254 campuses nationwide that are designated with this honor and SIU is one of 22 campuses in Il­linois to receive the distinguished award.