Forestry Services

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ForestryThe Forestry Services Section of the Burbank Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the planting, removal and maintenance of all trees in public parkways, parks, and on public grounds (approximately 40,000 trees).

A variety of valuable services are offered by the Forestry Section at no charge to the property owner. Tree maintenance is not provided on private property unless there are hazardous circumstance creating potential public liability. Services include routine pruning, planting and removal, watering, trimming for traffic clearance, root pruning, and emergency cleanup.  

Forestry Services also conducts annual special events that have been recognized at the national level. Two such events are the City of Burbank Annual Arbor Day Ceremony and the Burbank City Pride Committee's Plant-A-Tree Program. This program provides private citizens with the opportunity to donate towards an annual tree-planting project in City parks. The Forestry Services also provides the opportunity for private citizens to purchase and plant memorial trees in City parks.

Parkway Tree Pruning Remove dead wood, thin out or shape parkway tree.
Parkway Tree Trimming Raise parkway tree limbs for necessary 14 foot traffic clearance.
Broken Branches Pick up limbs from any parkway tree that are broken or hanging.
Parkway Tree Removal Requests are inspected individually and only granted when a justifiable and necessary cause is established per Department's removal policy.
Parkway Tree Planting If a tree has been removed by the City within the last 5 years and sufficient parkway exists, Forestry will plant a tree free of charge.  If there has not been a tree in the parkway for the last 5 years, there is a minimal charge.

Electrical Powerline Clearance: Trees that are in contact with electrical power lines are not serviced by the Parks and Recreation Department.  For electrical power line clearance, please contact Burbank Water and Power at 818.238.5382.

Contact Forestry Services
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
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For after-hours emergencies, contact Police Dispatch at 818.238.5300.

In 1977, Forestry Services staff were successful in applying for the recognition of Burbank as a "Tree City U.S.A." community. This was a newly established urban forestry community improvement and recognition program sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Through the efforts of Forestry Services Section personnel, the City of Burbank has been honored as a "Tree City, U.S.A." community for 38 consecutive years.  In an effort to continue beautifying our community, the City Council has funded a free tree giveaway program to Burbank residents. For more information call 818.238.5304.

Trees throughout Burbank and other communities in California are stressed due to the record heat and severe drought.  Click here to discover how to protect your trees and the countless benefits they provide.

The Parks and Recreation Forestry Division offers free mulch to Burbank residents.  Mulching is essential to the survival of your landscape during a drought.  Click here for more information.


Forestry Services
Parks and Recreation Department
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Telephone: 818.238.5304
Fax: 818.238.5321
150 North Third Street
P.O. Box 6459
Burbank, California 91510-6459


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