Everyone benefits from the silent work that trees perform around the clock:
Improved water quality
Habitat for wildlife
Increased property values
History has not been kind to Fridley’s community forest. With Dutch elm disease, tornados, and straight-line winds taking out trees, Fridley’s canopy cover has suffered major blows in the past 50+ years. The newest threat to our community forest is a pest called the emerald ash borer. Click here to learn more about the City of Fridley's response to protect our community forest against this pest.
What is a Community Forest?
Whether it’s a tree in a park or a tree in your backyard, all of the trees in Fridley make up the community forest. Public trees include those in boulevards, right-of-ways, parks, and other municipal property that are cared for by the city. Private trees are those that are on privately-owned land and are cared for by the property owner. Together, these trees form our community forest. You can help by doing your part- plant a tree!
How Do We Grow a Healthier Community Forest?
Increasing tree species diversity improves our forest's long term health and resiliency. Insects and diseases can wipe out entire populations of overused trees and create major canopy losses.Think about planting a less traditional tree in your yard to improve our forest's resiliency. Click here for more information on selecting a tree for your yard.
2016 Fridley Urban Forestry Study
What is Fridley Doing?
We were lucky to be the recipient of the "Improving Community Forests through Citizen Engagement" grant from the MN DNR in early 2016. This grant allows Fridley to purchase trees to be planted by volunteers in our parks and right-of-ways. Using funds from this grant, over 300 new trees have been planted in city parks and boulevards so far.