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Tree Management

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Tree preservation regulations (City Code 151.113) are designed to protect the city's natural environment and  preserve existing woodlands while positioning the city for continued growth. The regulations apply to any commercial/industrial property within a Natural Resources Corridor or any residential property containing a significant tree and requiring a:

  • Woodland alteration permit
  • Preliminary plat, final plat or minor subdivision
  • Building permit, demolition permit, conditional use permit, variance or grading permit

EXEMPTION: With the exception of an initial dwelling, woodland alteration taking place on a residential property 2.5 acres of smaller is exempt from the tree preservation regulations.

Questions about the city's tree management policies can be directed to the Department of Planning and Development at 952-233-9349.

Natural Resources Corridors

Natural Resources Corridors identify and connect the community’s natural systems and areas. These corridors provide habitat for the movement of wildlife and protection of sensitive or rare natural resources. Natural resources corridors enhance the ecological function and aesthetic quality of natural areas by interconnecting them, thereby countering habitat fragmentation and loss.

The Natural Resources Corridor Design Criteria (NRCDC) sets forth specific design techniques, criteria and plans for specific natural features.

Natural Resources Corridor Design Criteria [PDF]

Natural Resources Corridor Map and Summary Tables [PDF]

Natural Resources Prioritization Matrix [PDF]

Forestry Specifications Manual

The city’s Forestry Specifications Manual [PDF] serves as a standard for the planting and maintenance of all public trees by city staff. It also serves as a guideline for contractors planting, maintaining and removing trees and shrubs ordered by the city.