In 1998, the City of Alton created the Forestry Division to maintain Alton's street trees and other dead and dangerous trees on City right of way. The Forestry Division is managed under the direction of Public Works Director, Robert Barnhart. Forestry officials are currently establishing a six-year pruning cycle, which means that each year one-sixth of Alton's trees are scheduled for pruning. If, however, you know of a street or boulevard tree that requires more immediate attention - either due to storm damage or simply a branch that presents a potential hazard - please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 618.463.3580 and report the problem. Please view our web updates in the spring for street names, trees, and bloom cycles.
Downed power lines can be energized and very DANGEROUS! Call 1.800.552.7583 and report the location of the downed power lines. Information regarding right-of-way is available at Alton Township Assessor's Office, 102 W. Broadway, 618.462.0671.
Generally speaking, tree pruning should be left to the professionals. It is difficult and sometimes even dangerous work. Contact the Illinois Arborist Association to obtain referrals for certified arborists located in our area (700.960.5922). Never be afraid to get a second quote if you think an estimate is too high!
Armed with a good, sharp pair of pruning shears, most people can handle simple jobs such as trimming off suckers, raising low branches. Please stack brush with cut ends together and leaf tip according to the photos facing row also according to photo.
Tree Fact: A well maintained mature tree can add as much as 10% to the value of a property.