Guidelines For Tree Cleanup


As residents clean up from weekend storms, the City is reminding residents
of how to properly dispose fallen trees and branches.  Different guidelines
exist for trees on public property and those on private property.

Residents who have safety concerns about any fallen tree or branch should
call the Lincoln Police non-emergency number at 441-6000.  Residents who
have downed utility lines or tree limbs resting on utility lines should
contact the Lincoln Electric System at 365-2412 or 888-365-2412.

Public trees are those that are in the public rights of way, generally
between the sidewalk and the curb.  Residents are encouraged to contact
Community Forestry at 441-7025 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays to
report damage to street trees.  (Residents who have structural damage from
a street tree should call the Lincoln Police non-emergency number at

The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is asking Lincoln residents to
help clear fallen limbs from street trees on public rights of way.  Small
branches and limbs can be left for pick up by refuse haulers on the normal
day of garbage service.  For large limbs from public trees, Community
Forestry staff will leave logs in the right of way next to the sidewalk,
and these can be picked up by residents to use as firewood.

Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said the Community Forestry
handles nearly 2,500 calls a year regarding broken or fallen tree limbs.
He said the assistance of the public can help the Department  reduce fuel
consumption and equipment operating costs.

Johnson said trees along a section of south 13th Street sustained
significant damage.  South 13th Street between Van Dorn and South Streets
will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 to allow for tree
and limb removal.