The Forestry Division provides information to residents, businesses and schools about their trees and forests, manages the Shade Tree Epidemic Pest Control Program (emerald ash borer, oak wilt, Dutch elm disease), the tree sale program, the public tree inventory and works across City departments from planning to parks on a number of projects and initiatives to improve the health, function and benefits of the community forest.
A community forest is more than a group of trees – it is a city’s “green infrastructure” providing measurable benefits to the community such as energy savings, cleaner air, cooler temperatures, reduction of storm water runoff and higher property values.
Lakeville has an estimated total canopy cover of 27 percent. There are more than 150,000 trees growing in mowed, maintained areas of public and private property within the community and thousands more in conservation areas and wood lots.
The services we provide to residents and businesses include: