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A recent study shows that Lexington has about a 25 percent tree canopy, close to the national average. LEARN MORE.

Our Vision
A healthy and diverse urban forest that optimizes forest benefits to our community and that is valued and cared for by our citizens and government as an essential environmental and economic community asset.

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street trees
Street trees play a vital role in making Lexington a great place
to live. In addition to their beauty, street trees add value to neighboring properties and save taxpayers money. LEARN MORE.

Reforest the Bluegrass event
Annual tree planting event for volunteers funded by both public
and private sponsors. Reforest the Bluegrass is designed to improve water and air quality, wildlife habitat and aesthetics. LEARN MORE.

Lexington's Champion
Tree Program is designed to promote tree care by identifying trees that are native to Kentucky and are large for their species.

How to prune your tree
Tips on how to properly maintain trees,


The Emerald Ash Borer is a small, green insect that threatens to kill a significant percentage of all ash trees in Fayette County. LEARN MORE.

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benefits of trees
The benefits of an urban forest, beyond its aesthetic appeal,
are well documented and include the following:

  • fall tips 2012Improved Air Quality. Trees absorb air pollutants and help reduce smog.
  • Reduction of the Urban Heat Island Effect. Tree shade reduces the amount of solar energy absorbed and stored by buildings and pavement. Trees can also cool the air by evapotranspiration.
  • Improved Wildlife Habitat. Urban forests provide food and shelter to many important native and migratory birds and animals.
  • Stormwater Management. Trees intercept and absorb rain, reducing and slowing the amount of runoff that makes its way to the sewer system.
  • Noise Abatement. Trees can form a barrier that partially deadens urban noise, while providing the background sound of rustling leaves and branches that muffles other street sounds.
  • Increased Psychological Well Being. Exposure to trees has been shown to reduce stress, rates of violence and symptoms of children with Attention Deficit Disorder, while increasing feelings of belonging.
  • Improved Energy Conservation. Trees can cut heating and air conditioning use by providing shade and cutting the wind, reducing energy costs.
  • Increased Property Values. The value of homes in neighborhoods with trees tends to be higher than those of comparable neighborhoods without trees.

How to reach us

Dial 3-1-1 or (859) 425-2255


Urban Forester
(859) 258-3404


Arborist Senior
(859) 258-3405






Last updated: 9/8/2014 2:41:22 PM