The Forestry Division only removes parkway trees when they have been determined by the professional arborists in the Division to be dead, declining, and/or hazardous. If your tree has been removed, the following information may be of some help.
Why We Remove Trees
The Forestry Division has the responsibility to insure the long-term health and safety of the Village's urban forest. Dead, hazardous, diseased, and declining trees present potential safety problems for Village residents.
The Forestry Division's professional arborists are always monitoring for diseased, declining, or dead trees. Trees that can not be saved or dead are put on a removal list and removed as soon as possible. Some pests and diseases may cause defoliation making the tree appear to be dead and it becomes necessary to treat trees for insects or diseases. Every effort is made to preserve our urban forest, however, sometimes nothing can be done to save the tree and it is in the Village's best interest to remove and replace the tree.
Once a tree is cut down, the stump which remains will be placed on our stump removal list. When enough stumps are accumulated, the Forestry crews will grind out the stumps and re-seed the parkway where the stump was. Stumps are removed in the spring and fall when grass seed will germinate and grow. Removing all accumulated stumps at one time is the most efficient use of our resources and your tax dollars.
The Village of Palatine replaces parkway trees through our 50/50 partnership program with homeowners. This program allows residents to select the tree of their choice from the list prepared in the spring and then again in the fall. Under this program, the Village will provide, plant, and guarantee the tree for one year. The 50/50 program is provided for adding additional trees to the parkway or if a resident wants to choose a particular variety of tree. If a parkway tree is removed it will be replaced at no charge providing there is enough room and it is in a desirable location.