Trees have long been recognized for the beauty and value they lend to our homes, neighborhoods, parks and business areas. Not only do trees enhance and beautify our city, they also provide shade and visual screening, conserve energy, help clean the air, store carbon, protect our rivers and streams and provide shelter for wildlife.
The City of Red Lodge is fortunate to be situated in a corridor and climate conducive to continued tree growth. In addition, many early community members recognized the value of trees and chose to plant a variety of species within the parks and along the streets. We are now enjoying the benefits of mature trees thanks to the investment and commitment of the early settlers.
Today, the City continues its commitment to the maintenance & enhancement of its “urban forest” by participating in annual Arbor Day activities, membership in the Tree City USA program, and support for the Parks Board and Public Works Department which plan and maintain public trees. For more information read the Urban Forestry Management Plan.
- The City received State and Federal grant funding for the Urban Forestry cost-share tree program for a second year as 25 trees were planted.
- A supplemental Tree City USA Growth Award was awarded to the City for the first time. Points were earned for annual increases in spending on urban forests, continuing education for tree board members, City zoning ordinance regulations updates to improve the standards in trees in parking lots, the cost-share street tree planting program and the wildland fire prevention program.
- Over 100 trees on City street boulevards were fertilized by a local contractor, many on a cost-share basis with adjacent property owners.
Cost-Share Tree Planting Program
The City of Red Lodge Parks Board, with funding from the MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, is offering a cost-share tree planting opportunity to encourage tree plantings along street boulevards.
For $75 per tree, the City will plant a tree on City-owned land adjacent to your property (the area typically between the sidewalk and the street). Planting will include mulch and any necessary stakes or fencing. All you have to do is water, prune and provide long-term care for the tree.
Applicant must be a property owner within the City of Red Lodge and the planting site must be on city property. Fill out an application and return to city hall. Availability is limited.
Regulations for Trees on Public Rights-of-Way
Ordinance 919, Regulations of Trees on City Owned Land and City Maintained Public Rights-of-Way was passed by the Council in November, 2015. Click here for information
Preferred and Prohibited Tree Species
Tree Owners Manual – U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service