The Forestry Division is in place to serve the residents of Berthoud to provide a safe and beautiful urban forest. We are responsible for planning and maintenance of trees in parks, trails, natural areas, and town-owned facilities. We are also responsible for code enforcement of trees in the public right-of-way. We would like to remind residents that maintenance and replacement of trees in the right-of-way is the responsibility of the adjacent homeowner.
Emerald Ash Borer Management and Response Plan
Below is a link to the Town's EAB Management and Response Plan which is intended to provide best management practices for Town of Berthoud Staff as well as residents within the Town to reference as needed. Along with providing information regarding identification and management options, this document is also intended to educate the public about EAB. This integrated plan is ongoing and subject to change as new infestations are discovered, new practices are developed, and new literature/resources are published. As Town Staff and the Tree Advisory Committee develop greater understandings of current issues and future proposals, alterations to this document will be updated and/or revised, ultimately modifying and improving the overall health, diversity, and longevity of Berthoud’s urban forest.
The Town’s street and public area tree inventory is now online for public resources! Simply click the link below and find Town of Berthoud on the right side of the page under Organizations. Here, you can click on the plotted points and it will tell you species, diameter at breast height (DBH), benefits provided, and provide a street view. Please note that the inventory is in working progress; some new development plantings may not be added and some species and DBH may not be exact. If you notice a different tree present (or absent) in the street right-of-way adjacent to your property, please notify the Forestry Department for staff to make updates!
EAB Cost Share Program Application:
The Emerald Ash Borer Cost Share Program is intended to assist Berthoud property owners in managing ash (Fraxinus spp.) trees located in street rights-of-way (tree lawns). The Forestry Department will assist property owners by contributing up to 50% of treatment cost (but not to exceed $200/tree) for a total of two (2) trees. Applications can be found below and will only be accepted between April 1st through June 14th. Please note late applications will not be accepted and applications will be on a first come, first serve bases.
Street Tree Replacement Program:
The Town of Berthoud Street Tree Replacement Program is intended to assist Berthoud property owners in replacing trees that have been removed within street rights-of-way (“tree lawns”). Tree lawns are the portion of property located between the street curb and the sidewalk, and in accordance to Town Ordinance 1181 it is the abutting property owner’s responsibility for the maintenance of trees located in the right-of-way. Property owners, or the owner’s designee, may qualify and apply for this program which is intended only for trees located in tree lawns; trees that reside on private property do not qualify. Replacement trees and tree installation will be provided by the Forestry Department at no cost to the property owner. After tree installment, property owners become fully responsible for the maintenance and care of the tree(s). This program is a first come, first serve basis depending on Town staff and Town funding.
Important Tree Information for Berthoud Property Owners:
- Tree work must (by ordinance) be done by a licensed tree contractor or by the property owner.
- Elm wood, whether diseased or not, cannot be kept for fuel wood (or anything else) unless the bark has been removed.
- Elm stumps on private property are to be ground out or debarked to ground line.
- Any stumps on public right-of-way (by ordinance) must be removed to 6" below grade.
- Tree limbs should hang no lower than 14 feet over streets and 8 feet over sidewalks.
- Trees, shrubs, hedges, and other plants must be maintained behind inside edges of sidewalks vertically to a minimum of 8 feet.
- Shrubs and hedges on street corners must be maintained less than 30" in height for a minimum of 25 feet both ways from the corner.
Locations to dump tree limbs:
- City of Loveland Recycle Center
400 N. Wilson Ave.
Loveland, CO 80537
Open Tuesday - Sunday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.
- Larimer County Landfill
5887 S. Taft Hill Road
Open Monday - Saturday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Uncovered loads are charged double.
The Town of Berthoud does not pick up tree limbs from private property.
Forestry Division Contact Information
- Division Contact: Josh Embrey, Town Forester
- Division physical address:
Parks & Recreation
100 10th St.
Berthoud CO, 80513
- Telephone: 970.532.1600
- Fax: 970.532.1601
- E-mail: email@example.com