Urban Forestry & Right-of-Way

Vacant - Division Manager

Point of Contact: Meadows.Darrell@columbusga.org

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.


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.


We are responsible for litter control, cutting grass from 14th Street to Lake Oliver and removal of debris due to flooding on the Riverwalk.



The ADOPT-A-SPOT Program is a volunteer program which enables individuals, families, civic clubs, garden clubs, businesses, churches, and other organizations to maintain and beautify the City's Public Right Of Way.

Volunteers perform routine maintenance such as mowing, weeding, litter removal, landscape plantings, painting, and in some cases minor repairs. You may also choose to donate funds to help pay for maintenance.

The maintenance that you will be asked to do depends on the area you choose to adopt. Some areas may need planting and weeding so they do not become overgrown. You may also have your own idea of what you would like to do and we can assist you in making that happen.

The best way to find a property to adopt is to look out your window and see if there is a spot you would like to maintain near your home. If you take regular walks, you may see a place that you go by that is just begging for some attention. If you do not see a location that you like, the Public Works department staff can match your time and talents to a location from their list of properties available for adoption.

In recognition of your efforts, the City will place a sign with your name at the adopted site. A city representative will give an orientation before you start work. Caretakers who do not wish to be recognized may remain anonymous.

To be considered as a participant in the Adopt-a-Spot Program, complete the application and e-mail to: AdoptASpot@columbusga.org, or mail the application to Public Works 602 11th Ave. Columbus, Georgia 31901. Thank you for your interest in the City of Columbus Adopt- a- Spot Program.

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