Urban Forestry Management

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Tell us your thoughts on Urban Forestry 


The City of Fort Worth is developing an Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) to preserve, manage, and grow Fort Worth’s urban forest….and we want to hear from you! Click on the survey HERE.

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The City of Fort Worth in conjunction with the Texas Trees Foundation (TTF) is developing an Urban Forest Master Plan to create a shared vision and road map for managing Fort Worth’s trees in order to enhance the quality of life in the City.

The quality, health, and connectivity of the City’s urban forest is a major contributor to the quality of life for residents of Fort Worth. Fort Worth is feeling the impacts of rising temperatures and decreased air quality common to growing urban areas. Loss of existing tree canopy magnifies these impacts.



The City of Fort Worth is developing an Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) to preserve, manage, and grow Fort Worth's urban forest....and we want hear from you!

Click on the survey HERE.


Owl in tree  The Urban Forestry Management Section implements and enforces the Urban Forestry ordinance(PDF, 2MB), which protects healthy and significant trees and ensures planting of trees with land development to achieve the city’s goal of 30 percent overall canopy cover. 




Do I Need A Tree Removal Permit?


If you have dying or hazardous trees to remove or if you have one (but no more than one) healthy tree to remove, you need a tree removal permit.








Do I Need an Urban Forestry Permit?

An Urban Forestry Permit is required for, but not limited to:

•  New construction that requires a building or grading permit.

•  Building expansions or additions that are >3,000 sf or 30% of existing urbanforestry3.jpg


•  Clearing, Grading, and/or Paving including construction or

    reconstruction of a parking lot, or other flatwork or land disturbance.

• Filling, if fill is to be placed within 50 feet of existing trees.

•  Sites to be used for urban agriculture.

•  Public projects requiring removal of trees 6” or larger in diameter.

•  Change of use from one- or two-family residential to any other use.

•  Removal of trees that measure 6” diameter or greater at 4.5 ft. above

    the ground.


•  Construction or reconstruction of a single one- or two-family residence located

    on a lot that is less than one acre in size, if common ownership of lots within

    the platted block is less than one acre. 

•  Development within a Designated Design District.

How to apply for a permit

• Download the Urban Forestry Application.

• Application forms, calculations and site plans may be submitted electronically through the City’s online permitting system or delivered to the address below.     Click here for submittal instructions.

• An Excel Spreadsheet is available to facilitate permit calculations. You may request a copy of the spreadsheet via email to urbanforestry@fortworthtexas.gov.



What About Trees in the Right-of-Way?

urbanforestry2.jpg Planting, pruning, or removing trees in the City Right-of-Way requires authorization from the Park & Recreation Department Forestry Section. This includes tree planting or removal in parkways of residential subdivisions. Permit applications and additional information on hazard abatement, tree planting programs, and management of trees on public property may be found at Park & Recreation Forestry 


About Us

Forrest of treesThe Urban Forestry Management Section has jurisdiction over the preservation and removal of trees on private property in accordance with Fort Worth City Ordinance.  The City’s goal is to achieve a multi-aged urban forest for sustainable ecological balance, with thirty percent tree canopy city-wide. This is achieved by requiring property owners to preserve a portion of existing tree canopy and plant new trees to replace those removed due to construction or other development activities.  Preservation of mature healthy trees is incentivized through credits for preservation and mitigation requirements for their removal.   

Our Trees

urbanforestry4.jpg Fort Worth is a very ecologically diverse city, with a mix of mature forest, open prairie, riparian ecosystems along the Trinity River and numerous creeks and streams, and urban planted canopy. The largest of the remaining mature forest areas is the Eastern Cross Timbers in East Fort Worth. Special efforts to preserve trees in this area are in place, as an increasing amount of this forest is being lost to development. Please see below for a description of the geography and tree species found throughout various regions of the City.




Benefits of Urban Trees 

Benefits of Tree Canopy in Fort Worthurbanforestry1.jpg

  • shade and shelter
  • increase property value
  • enhance the visual landscape
  • decrease cooling costs
  • filter pollutants
  • shield us from harmful ultraviolet rays
  • create desirable living and working spaces
  • encourage patronage of businesses
  • minimize soil erosion and stormwater runoff


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