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Street Tree Replacement Policy

When boulevard trees die, the Fargo Forestry Department replaces them when possible with a suitable specie.  Listed below are a few guidelines the department looks for when replanting trees across the city.

  1. Is there enough space between the existing trees to start another?  Some areas of town used to space the trees 15 feet apart, which is a little too close. To help see around intersections and when backing out of driveways, we now space trees at a minimum of 30 feet. Spacing will also vary depending upon specie selection.

  2. Is the site spaced 40 feet or more away from an intersection?  We actively try to maintain a 40-foot open space at intersections.
  3. Would a new tree be a good distance away from street lights?  Ideally, the city maintains a 20-foot buffer on each side of the light.

  4. Is the planting location at least eight feet away from water lines or fire hydrants?

If these guidelines are met, the Fargo Forestry Department will replant a tree on the property in the spring of the year, April through mid-June.