Forestry Services





Forestry Services is responsible for:

  • The care and well being of plants, trees and shrubs in public places and right-of-ways
  • Beautifying City parks, memorials and landscapes

For more information:

City Ordinance concerning Trees, Bushes and Shrubs

Prohibited Tree List for Planting on Right-of-Ways

Recommended Tree List for Planting in City limits

Wood chips available:

  • 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 the following location:

Maintenance Environmental Services 
212 W. Willow Street
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

For more information about forestry services, contact:

Mark McDaniel, City Arborist at (618) 549- 5302 ext. 332

What is 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 & Community Forestry Program. The program promotes and celebrates sustainable management and care of trees where we live. It en­courages community pride, educa­tion & individual action that improves forest resources & 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.

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.

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. 






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