Environmental Services

There is a full-time City Planner on staff in the Community Development Department. The City Planner can assist individual property owners and neighborhood groups access technical information, ordinances, best practices, and other resources related to ecological health and natural resource management. The Associate Planner/Environmental Coordinator also coordinates the shade tree disease management and Tree City USA programs, as well as the Environmental Expo event.


Tree City USA

Trees provide an array of environmental benefits, but also provide social and economic benefits as well. A few examples include reduced stormwater runoff, moderation of temperatures, increase property values and contribute to personal and community health. In recognition of the many benefits associated with trees, Ramsey strives to manage and foster the growth of our community forest, which is a vital natural resource. As a result, Ramsey qualifies as a Tree City USA.

Tree City USA is a national program that recognizes communities that are taking specific actions to properly manage its community forest. There are four (4) core standards that must be met to be recognized as a Tree City USA. The standards were designed by the Arbor Day Foundation to ensure that a qualifiying community had a viable community forest management plan and program. The standards are: (1) Establish/maintain a Tree Board or Department (Ramsey has an Environmental Policy Board that satisfies this requirement), (2) A tree care ordinance (Ramsey has a Tree Preservation Ordinance), (3) A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2.00 per capita (through a combination of tree maintenance activities such as trimming, planting, and removals, landscape requirements, plan reviews, and shade tree disease management, Ramsey generally far exceeds this standard), and (4) an Arbor Day observance and proclamation (annually, the City Council adopts a resolution to recognize and observe Arbor Day and the City coordinates a tree planting event in honor of Arbor Day).

Ramsey has now been recognized as a Tree City USA for 21 consecutive years! While that is a great achievement, there is still room for improvement. City Staff and the Environmental Policy Board will continue with efforts to properly manage this vital resource and look for areas for improvement.

Tree Information

Antrhacnose
Bronze Birch Borer How to Prune Trees
Bur Oak Blight Ramsey Tree Book (large document 13 MB ~ will take time to download)
Dutch Elm Disease Tree Owner's Manual
What's Wrong with My Plant (online resource to assist with identifying the cause of certain tree/shrub problems)
Common Problems with Spruce Trees

Invasive Species
Invasive species are those species that are non-native AND are likely to cause environmental or economic harm or harm to human health. Most often, invasive species are introduced into new locations by human actions. Unfortunately, Ramsey has not been able to escape the introduction of various invasive species.

Water Conservation Tool Box