Urban Forestry & Right-of-Way
     (706) 225-4779

602 11th Ave. Bldg.E
Columbus, GA 31901
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James "Mike" Byrd - Division Manager
  • Tree planting:
    Trees are planted in an effort to improve the beauty of our city.
  • Tree pruning:
    Pruning is done to keep trees healthy and reduce damages during storms.
  • Tree removal:
    Trees are removed when it is determined that the tree is damaged to the point that it is a danger to the health and safety of the public or property.
  • Stump removal:
    Stumps are removed after the tree has been removed to restore the continuity of the area. During and after extreme weather, the Forestry Division provides emergency relief services to clear roadways and the public right-of-way of tree debris.
  • Grass cutting:
    Maintain the grass along the right-of-way on city and state roadways
  • Street sweeping:
    Sweep streets through various routes or through work orders.
  • Herbicide:
    Spray to keep nuisance vegetation from growing on city and state right-of-ways.
  • Water shed:
    Cut the 10 major water sheds throughout the city once a year.
  • State roadways:
    The inner portion of certain state roads are maintained by a contractor. The other portion is maintained by this division. Most state roadways cannot be cut until the red clover has seeded, this usually takes place in mid-May. Once the clover has went through this process, the state roadways can then be cut.
  • Natural disasters:
    The Urban Forestry and Right-of-Way Division are the first to respond to certain storm events: Tornado, Hurricane, Snow and Ice. This division is responsible for clearing the roadways to ensure normal traffic flow can continue.
  • Debris in Roadway:
    the Right-of-Way Division is responsible for removing large debris from the roadways and right-of-ways throughout the city.
  • Riverwalk:
    We are responsible for litter control, cutting grass from 14th Street to Lake Oliver and removal of debris due to flooding on the Riverwalk.

Board of Tree Experts Scheduled Meetings

The Board meets at 303 12th Street, Columbus, GA 31901 (Spencer Center) Board Room at 11:00 AM on the scheduled meeting dates:

2019 Meeting Dates
  • January 9, 2019
  • April 10, 2019
  • July 10, 2019
  • October 9, 2019
2020 Meeting Dates
  • January 9, 2020
  • April 8, 2020
  • July 8, 2020
  • October 7, 2020