Forestry

tree-lined walkway

The Park Department's Forestry Division is responsible for the maintenance and care of the approximately 20,000 trees that line our city's streets and the countless trees in our parks and open spaces. The Forestry Division receives approximately 1,500 requests for tree-care each year.

The Forestry Division operates in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 87 (Public Shade Tree Act) and will remove municipal trees only if they are dead, in severe decline or pose a threat to public safety. Other tree duties include trimming, raising and pruning of our trees.

The Forestry Division staffs two International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborists who perform site visits for each tree call received and make recommendations for work based on their professional assessment.

View the city's Tree Protection Ordinance.

If you would like to submit a form to be considered for future new tree planting, please click here.

Greening the Gateway Cities Program

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Greening the Gateway Cities Program (GGCP) is an urban tree planting program designed to reduce household heating and cooling energy use. A healthy urban forest also cleans the water we drink and the air we breathe, and contributes to neighborhood stability and overall quality of life. They are especially important to plant in neighborhoods that have lower existing canopy coverage, older housing stock, higher wind speeds, and a larger renter population.

See more on GGCP’s website by clicking here or leave us a message on our Quincy hotline at (617) 626-1570.

To get free trees at your home or business, click on the "Greening the Gateway Cities" logo below and type in your address to get started!

Greening the Gateway Cities Logo