Annual Service Timeline

The Forestry Division provides a wide range of arboricultural & landscape related services from tree planting, pruning and maintenance. Our goal is to provide a healthy and safe community forest throughout Portland.

Forestry - Seasonal Work Plan:

SPRING - April through June

Park treework, Landscape projects, Priority tree services. Tree planting in May & June only.

SUMMER – July through mid September

Treework – tree pruning & removal ‘Resident-requests’, Traffic sign & signal pruning, Tree watering.

FALL – Mid September through November

Stump removal, Tree removal, Priority tree work, Holiday decorations.

WINTER – December through March

Winter Operations, ‘Area-wide’ Programmed tree pruning & removal, including requested work ‘Small-Tree Maintenance’ (STM) pruning on newly planted street & park trees by our Horticulture crew. Winter Ops – snow plowing & clearing of Schools & Public Buildings.

Program vs. Reactive Service 

We strive to provide ‘programmed’ or planned tree maintenance in neighborhoods or geographic regions whenever possible. In this mode all the trees in an area are pruned or cared for on a regular cycle. Storm events often compound.

In the ‘reactive mode’, tree-work is generated by a ‘resident request’ at a single address. Once the tree-work at that request is completed it is often followed by requests from adjacent neighbors. In the ‘reactive mode’ production is lost to travel, mobilization and setup of the crew and equipment.


Contact Us

    Ethan Hipple, Parks Director
    Jeff Tarling, City Arborist

    212 Canco Road
    Portland, ME 04103
    Ph: 207-808-5400

    Office Hours
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 


    672 Stevens Ave.
    Portland, ME 04103

    Ph: 207-797-4597
    Fx: 207-797-2199

    Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Closed for lunch from
    12:00 -1:00 p.m.


    (207) 874-8493