The Forestry Division is responsible for the maintenance of all public trees within 4,800 acres of Parks, along 2,30 miles of right-of-ways, pruning, removal, and emergency work after storm events with primary focus on public safety and hazard reduction. This includes keeping over 60,000 traffic control signals and signs cleared from blocking tree branches and tree debris removal which is often illegally dumped within right-or-ways.
A healthy forest canopy within public areas is maintained through tree pruning, removal of dead and declining trees and planting of new trees including establishment care for three years. Forestry service is provided on a request basis and through systematic operations of pruning and planting. An annual city-wide inspection is scheduled to remove dead and declining trees as part of the tree risk management program. Emergency tree work is provided to clear and remove storm damaged trees and tree debris. New tree planting and establishment care is provided through a reforestation program for neighborhood and parks and through contractor tree plantings as part of capital roadway projects.
How to tell if the tree is in the City ROW (rule of thumb)
If the tree originates within the space between the curb and sidewalk it is most likely a City tree. (This is true even if a sidewalk does not exist. Just look at the driveway and you should see what is called a sidewalk panel which is a strip of concrete that is placed where a sidewalk would go if one were to be installed in the future.)
What constitutes a tree related emergency
A situation in which a City owned tree or portion of a City owned tree is or will eminently cause harm to life or property. The tree or portion of the tree may or may not be connected i.e. a large limb that has fallen into the street on a blind curve.
A non-emergency situation is when a City owned tree or portion of a City owned tree is damaged and in need of attention but is not impeding vehicle traffic or threatening life or property.
To report a tree emergency, dial 268-4003, 268-4004, 268-4361 or just dial 911.
The difference between a City street right-of-way (ROW) and a utility easement tree
A City street ROW is adjacent to the curb of the street regardless of overhead power lines/utilities. Trees located in the City street ROW are owned by the City of Wichita and managed under the jurisdiction of the City Forestry office. Where power lines or other utilities cross private property and are not adjacent to the City street, a utility easement exists for line/utility maintenance. Trees that exist within this utility easement are owned by the property owner and are the responsibility of the property owner, not the City.