The Forestry Division is comprised of a four-man team, including a Lead Tree Operator who is also the City Tree Warden, a Tree Worker-Climber, Tree Worker-Bucket Operator, and a Truck Driver.
Forestry is responsible for the care and maintenance of the City's trees and shrubs, from sapling to the acres of mature growth. Trees and shrubs are trimmed and removed to provide a safe environment for the public as well as maintaining healthy plant life. Forestry is responsible for the trees and shrubs at playgrounds, public schools, public buildings and all of the City right-of-ways.
During winter storms, the Forestry Division removes ice and snow from downtown sidewalks, crosswalks, and the train station. Together with Public Buildings, Forestry removes ice and snow from parking lots and sidewalks at public schools and city-owned buildings.
The Forestry Department is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some of our accomplishments during Fiscal Year 2020 to 2021 include:
- Danbury was designated "Tree City" for the 31st year in a row, by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
- During 15 winter storms, Forestry cleared ice and snow from downtown Danbury, public schools, and public buildings.
- Worked with and managed tree subcontractor to clear trees from city rights-of-way.
- Maintained the flags at 17 pole locations across the city.
- Removed 538 dead trees and pruned 298 trees in city rights-of-way.
- Worked with The Danbury Garden Club and independently to plant 7 new trees throughout the city.
- Prepared city streets, tree and vegetation overgrowth prior to paving operations.