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As of 2022 Emerald Ash Borer has not been officialy spotted in Berthoud city limits. Colorado State Forest Service has confirmed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer in neighborhoods west of Berthoud in 2019.
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Per Municipal Code Section 30-2-112(B)(5) it is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner for the maintenance of trees within the public rights-of-way (“tree lawns”), and the Town has the authority to conduct code enforcement for hazardous trees.
Yes, you can preform the work to your adjacent right of way trees by yourself, but make sure it is work you can handle by yourself, such as light trimming. Larger prunings or removals we recommend checking for a Licensed Arborist Service in Berthoud that can assist you with the work.
Before conducting any work on trees in the right of way strip, we ask that you submit a Street Tree Work Permit to the Forestry Department. This is a short two page document just outlining the work you plan to have done on your street tree. The application is free, and is quickly approved. The information is just for the Forestry Department to review to make sure the town street trees are receiving appropriate care.
We reccomend checking the Licensed Arborist Services page to check for licensed and insured arborists in Berthoud.
Yes, all stumps on public right-of-way (by ordinance) must be removed to at least 6" below grade.
Tree limbs should hang no lower than 14 feet over streets and 8 feet over sidewalks.
The Town of Berthoud does not pick up tree limbs from private property.
The town has measured and recorded all Ash trees located within right of way strips in town. Most trees that meet the treatment criteria will recieve treatments contracted out by the town. Ash trees will recieve treatment on two year cycles, per the treatment requirements.
For privately owned Ash trees, if you want to protect them from the Emerald Ash Borer beetle, we reccomend reaching out to licensed arborist services in Berthoud and inquire about EAB treatments.