Trees

Terrace and Right-of-way Trees

The Parks and Recreation Department oversees terrace and right-of-way trees within the City of Marshalltown.  Terrace is defined as the city-owned street right-of-way or street easement area between the property line and the outside edge of any street, road or boulevard in the city, including the sidewalk, if present.

Advanced approval is required for permission to plant a tree in a terrace or right-of-way area.  This approval follows assessment of the location, tree species, area utilities and growth ratio to space.

Concerns of diseased or damaged trees in a terrace or right-of-way area may be reported online or call (641) 754-5715. An evaluation will be completed and results of the evaluation will be sent to the homeowner.

Following the August 10, 2020 derecho, terrace and 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 Terrace

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.

Licensed Tree Trimmers

A list of City of Marshalltown Licensed Tree Trimmers, including their insurance and license expiration information.

Tree Pruning Information

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

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 physical planting of trees or placement of benches is done by parks staff and the City will assume continued maintenance.

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 become involved in meetings, planting projects, fundraising or to receive more information, contact President, Gary Fulton, (641) 752-2410, or Kristin Titus, Parks Supervisor, at (641) 754-5755 or ktitus@marshalltown-ia.gov.

Raising Funds to Grow Trees

The Trees Forever wishes to raise funds to purchase trees to be planted in 2021.  Marshalltown Strong gardens or windows flags are available purchased for $10. Flags are available at Parks & Recreation (10 W State), Create  A Keepsakes (9 W Main) and Marla's Headliner on Main (118 W Main), 19 Salon & Spa (19 S 1st Street), and Hellberg's Jewelers (13 W Main). All proceeds of these flags will go toward the purchase of trees.

A FREE TREE

Marshalltown Trees Forever is offering Marshalltown property owners a free tree to plant on the city terrace.

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 terrace 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 terrace 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 terrace
  • 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.

Need of Volunteers

Each year since 1991 we plant in the spring (late April-early May) and in the fall (early-mid October). Community volunteer groups that have helped the plant trees in past years include Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H youth and parents, police officers, Kiwanis Club members, Lions Club members, high school science club students, community college environmental club students.  We provide opportunities for youth of all ages to plant trees for the betterment of our community. Contact committee member, Bill Earney, at 641-750-1890 by text or phone for planting schedule details.

Trees Forever Logo
Trees Forever Flag 8

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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