Tree & Bench Memorials

The City of Marshalltown welcomes donations through our Memorial 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 physical planting of trees or placement of benches is done by parks staff and the City will assume continued maintenance.

Right-of-way Trees

The right-of-way area is the city-owned easement area between the property line and the edge of any street, road or boulevard, including the sidewalk, if present. The Parks and Recreation Department evaluates the health and safety of trees in these right-of-way areas. A Tree Planting Permit is required prior to any planted in a right-of-way area. The location, tree species, area utilities and growth ratio to space will be assessed before approval is granted for planting.

An concern of public hazard (disease, damage, etc.) about an existing right-of-way tree in a right-of-way may be reported online or call (641) 754-5715, Ext. 1. Concerns will be ranked using a Hazard Tree Rating System and results will be provided to the property owner.

 Evaluation results will include one- of these:
 -Tree was not found to create a public hazard or nuisance at this time.
 -Pruning is recommended.
 -Tree removal is recommended.  The City will arrange for removal of this tree at City expense.  The stump will also be removed.  No date can be given for removal.
 -Tree is a prohibited species and/or improperly planted.  City action may be taken for removal.

Following the August 10, 2020 derecho, right-of-way trees were assessed based on FEMA criteria

  • Red numbers on trees indicated right-of-way trees with dangerous branches. Dangerous branches have been removed.
  • Yellow numbers on trees indicate trees to be removed, based on FEMA guidelines (missing more than 2/3 branch canopy, a split truck, or leaning more than 30°). Following a bid process, trees are being removed with FEMA public assistance funding 85 percent of removal costs. Road Use Taxes will be budgeted for stump removal in 2021 and 2022. Your patience are appreciated.

Tree Planting on a City Right-of-Way

Before planting, a Tree Planting Permit is required.  Along with a completed Tree Planting Permit, a diagram or map of the proposed planting site must be received and Iowa One Call must be contacted to locate and mark any potential utilities, which may affect the planting site.  Following receipt of the permit, map and notification of completed markings, the proposed planting site will be reviewed.  An email will be issued with notification of any needed adjustment or approval for the proposed planting site.

Tree Pruning Information

Learn importance of why, when and how to do pruning is available from the Sustainable Urban Forestry Training and Assistance (SUFTA).

Trees Forever

Trees Forever is an all-volunteer group dedicated to the planting of a diversity of trees within the city of Marshalltown, encouraging proper tree care and maintenance, and providing educational opportunities to adults and youths.  We believe an abundance and diversity of trees in our city improves the quality of life and creates a positive public image.

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

To be a volunteer with planting projects, meetings, fundraising or to receive more information, contact President, Gary Fulton, (641) 752-2410, or Kristin Titus, Parks Supervisor, at (641) 754-5755 or

Tree Planting Volunteers Are Needed

I will help plant trees!

Each year, since 1991, Marshalltown Trees Forever volunteers have planted trees in Spring and Fall. Anyone with time and willingness to help plant trees for the betterment of our community is greatly appreciated. In addition to interested individuals, others who have helped plant trees with Trees Forever have been members of Lions & Kiwanis Clubs; participants with Boy and Girl Scouts, 4-H Youth, Sea Cadets; Big Brothers Big Sisters; employees of Lennox, Fisher/Emerson, RACOM, Mechdyne, JBS, GNB Bank, United Bank & Trust, and HyVee; students from West Marshall and Marshalltown Middle &/or High Schools; science club and IJAG students; students from Marshalltown Community and Grinnell College; Marshalltown police officers and more.

Please consider helping if you are able. Monetary contributions to purchase trees are also welcomed. More information about Trees Forever may be found below.

Please consider helping if you are able. Monetary contributions to purchase trees are also welcomed. Checks may be made to City of Marshalltown with a notation of Trees Forever and mailed to 10 West State Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158. Support for Marshalltown Trees Forever is appreciated.

Raising Funds to Grow Trees

The Trees Forever wishes to continue to raise funds to purchase trees to be planted throughout Marshalltown. Only a few Marshalltown Strong gardens / windows flags remain to be purchased for $10. Flags are available at Parks & Recreation (10 W State). All proceeds go toward the purchase of trees.


Marshalltown Trees Forever is offering Marshalltown property owners a free tree to plant on the city right-of-way.

Trees Forever is a volunteer group, working with the City of Marshalltown, dedicated to the planting a diversity of trees within the city, encouraging proper tree maintenance and providing educational opportunities to citizens.

These trees will be purchased through Alliant Energy’s Branching Out grant program* which requires that the trees are planted on public property.  The right-of-way is the area between the sidewalk and the street.

As funds and trees permit, trees will be available for spring or fall planting seasons. Trees will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.  Be aware that some right-of-way locations may not meet the requirements for tree planting.

What Trees Forever will do:

  • Accept and review the applications
  • Help the property owner select the proper location
  • Help the property owner select the proper tree from those available
  • Help the property owner plant the tree

What the property owner must do:

  • Work with Trees Forever to determine the location 
  • Work with Trees Forever in the selection of the tree 
  • Call Iowa One Call to ensure no utilities will be disturbed by digging in the right-of-way
  • Apply for the city planting permit (there is no fee)
  • Help Trees Forever volunteers plant the tree
  • Agree to water the tree regularly for the first year
  • Agree to care for the tree by protecting it from damage by people, animals, mowers, lawn trimmers and other destructive elements

*This offer is contingent on funds made available to Marshalltown Trees Forever for this project.

Free Tree Request.

Trees Forever Logo
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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

For questions or concerns regarding Emerald Ash Borer and diagnostics, please contact Iowa State University - Plant Diagnostic Clinic online or call at 515-294-0581.

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

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