Tree Zone

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In 2020, the City of Rochester established a Tree Committee. 

The Tree Committee is focused on working with our youth and local residents to educate them as to the value of the urban canopy both on a personal/health and economic/property value basis. 

The committee is comprised of 3 City Council Members, 2 Rochester residents, and 1 City Employee:

To learn more about a Tree Committee member, click on a name above!

Spring 2022 Tree Committee Update

The Rochester Tree Committee celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day on April 29, 2022. The City of Rochester participated with activities and tree plantings at the Municipal Park to honor the role trees play in building a healthy community and beautifying the city.  In addition, Rochester has been honored as a “Tree City” by Tree City USA for eight (8) consecutive years!

Rochester has prioritized trees in our community through the work of the Tree Committee, which is proud to report that it has met 30% of its tree coverage goal. Work continues on the preservation of the tree canopy for future generations. 

This Spring 2022, a diverse collection of trees will be planted along Letica Drive, and a grove of Sugar Maple trees will be planted in the community garden to enhance visitor experience.  Please make plans this summer to bring your family to the garden to enjoy this beautiful communal area.  

Tree Committee - Arbor Day 4.29.22

Tree committee – left to right: Melissa Weisse, Steve Sage, Mark Albrecht and Nancy Salvia.  Not pictured – William Thomas

White Oak Tree Emblem
Bur Oak Tree Emblem

Click here to read the latest article from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) on how planting a single tree can make a huge difference!

Rochester 100
Tree-Bate Program
Tree-Bate Program
Click here to download and print a copy of the form located above.

Click here for a fillable PDF version of the form located above.
Native Trees (1)
Find More Tree Facts HERE!

Resources for Kids

Downloadable Coloring Pages

Click here to to be directed to the Arbor Day Foundation website for access to downloadable coloring pages!

Check out Carly's Kids Corner for activity sheets, digital games, and informative resources on all things TREES!

Did You Know?

  • Rochester is a recognized Tree City and has been for the past 8 years! 

To learn more about Tree City USA, click here.

  • Arbor Day actually began back in the 1870s in Nebraska!

Click here to learn more about the history of Arbor Day.

Looking for an outdoor challenge? Take a stroll through Memorial Grove Park and see how many tree species you can identify!
Tree Removal
To view the City of Rochester's current tree ordinance, please click here.

To learn more about the importance of trees, please click here.

 June 22, 2022: 27 trees were recently planted along Letica Drive from Parkdale south towards Elizabeth Street. Read the Press Release to learn more.