Did you know that just one acre of trees can remove up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year? That is only one of many reasons why the City of Holyoke values its trees and forests because of the many benefits they provide to the community.
The City Forester’s Office is responsible for the maintenance of all trees along the street within the public right-of-way, in parks and around City facilities. In general, street trees are located between the curb and sidewalk. Where there is not a sidewalk, the width of the right-of-way must be determined in order to know if a tree is maintained by the City or whether it is on private property.
The objectives of the City Forester’s Office are to:
- Preserve, protect and manage Holyoke’s urban forest through tree pruning and other preventative maintenance.
- Enhance public safety by removing dead, dying, hazardous and utility conflicted trees.
- Improve the quality of Holyoke’s urban forest areas by providing beautification to parks and neighborhoods.
Environmental Benefits of Trees:
- Improved water quality — Trees reduce erosion and absorb pollutants before they enter streams.
- Stormwater management — Trees intercept rainfall, which slows storm water runoff and reduces flooding.
- Improved air quality — Trees absorb air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, ozone and sulfur dioxide. Trees also produce oxygen and play an important role in carbon sequestration.
- Climate control — Trees cool in the summer by intercepting sunlight reducing the amount of heat absorbed by streets, parking lots and buildings. Trees also allow sunlight to warm these same areas during the winter.
- Provide shelter for wildlife.
Reporting Felled Trees and Branches:
To report a felled tree or downed or hanging branches, call (413) 322-5645. If a tree or branch has caused electric utility wires to come down, call Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E) at (413) 536-930