Terrace Trees

The Parks and Recreation Department oversees terrace trees - trees in the area between sidewalks and streets - within the City of Marshalltown.  To plant a tree on a terrace or right-of-way area advanced approval is required is required with a Tree Planting Permit.  A Tree Planting Permit may be completed and emailed to  To report concern of a diseased or damaged tree on a terrace online or call (641) 754-5715 or email the Parks and Recreation Department. Results of the evaluation are mailed to the homeowner outlining details of the evaluation.


View more information about pruning is available from the Sustainable Urban Forestry Training and Assistance (SUFTA).

Licensed Tree Trimmers

Click here to find the most current licensed tree trimmers with the City of Marshalltown and the date their license expires.

Trees Forever

The Trees Forever committee meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Iowa State Extension office, 2608 South 2nd Street in Marshalltown.  

To become involved in meetings, planting projects or with questions, contact our City Horticulturist, Kristin, at (641) 844-1854 or for more information.

Marshalltown Re-growing Strong as an Oak Tree Workshop

This workshop was offered by members of the Trees Forever group, and may return in the future.
*Evaluating damaged trees: prune or remove?
*Replacing trees on terraces and in yards: City ordinances and stump removal.
*Tree planting and watering procedures.
*Limited number of free trees available.  Applications for terrace and yard trees.

No cost, pre-registration requested to help with planning.  Marshalltown Park & Recreation 641-754-5715,

Kids Time Out to Hug a Tree Workshop

This Workshop was enjoyed in the past and may be offered in the future by members of the Trees Forever group.  Watch for future details to join a fun of this hands-on workshop to help kids identify trees and learn the importance of trees in our community. There will be crafts, games, snacks and information about trees that most kids and even many adults may not be aware of!!

Trees Forever Logo

Tree & Bench Memorials

The City of Marshalltown welcomes the donation of trees and park benches. These generous donations will grace our public spaces for decades while providing a unique opportunity to honor a special person or to mark a notable event. The planting of the tree or placement of the bench will be done by parks staff. The City will assume continued maintenance.

Iowa Community Tree Inventory

In 2015 a Sustainable Community Forestry Assistance and Training Grant received which allowed volunteers to be trained in identification to complete a tree inventory. View a map of the tree inventory of Iowa and zoom in to view Marshalltown.

Benefits of Urban Forests

View a Tree Planting video from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Emerald Ash Borer

Concerns or questions regarding Emerald Ash Borer, please Iowa State University - Plant Diagnostic Clinic online with diagnostic questions or concerns or call at 515-294-0581.

Frequently Asked Questions 
Diagnostic Aid 
Photos within Marshall County found March 2018 
Management Options

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