The Forestry Division maintains a healthy and viable urban forest. The division’s goals are to: nurture a healthy, diverse and safe urban forest; encourage a knowledgeable citizenry; protect natural resources; facilitate efficient removal of diseased or hazardous trees; and provide prompt response to public requests for information.
To achieve these goals, the division focuses on: reforestation; tree care programs; tree preservation; infectious tree diseases and insects; noxious weed and tall grass complaint inspections; and outreach.
Outreach & Events
Bare Root Tree & Shrub Sale
The emerald ash borer is a striking reminder that we need a greater variety of trees in our parks and yards. The Forestry division sponsors an annual sale to help residents acquire trees and shrubs to replace buckthorn or trees lost to disease. The trees and shrubs offered are bare root, so they are inexpensive and easy to move.
Yard & Garden Expo
The Plymouth Yard & Garden Expo showcases everything you need to make the yard of your dreams a reality. The family-friendly setting, inspired speakers and helpful workshops, combined with an array of outstanding exhibitors make this the can't-miss spring event.
The annual Environmental Fair is an educational event co-sponsored by the city and various public elementary schools. It is aimed at providing students and parents an opportunity for environmental learning.
The annual tree planting celebration highlights the benefits of trees and the natural environment.
The city hosts a spring and fall plant swap on the first Monday of June and second Monday of September. Bring perennials, seeds, tools, pots, books and other garden items to swap and pick up free items brought by others. Following the plant swap, the Hennepin County Master Gardeners makes a gardening presentation in the Plymouth Creek Center.
Team Green Tree
Concerned residents volunteer to improve their natural environment while learning more about caring for trees, shrubs and perennials. The team helps with improvements to the city’s community green spaces. Projects include tree sale support, buckthorn busting, landscaping, small tree trimming and mulching. To get involved, click here.