City forestry crews have cleared downed tree debris from 90 percent of Missoula’s public boulevards generated by the August 10 thunderstorm. Citizens are asked to discontinue placing tree debris from private yards on the boulevards as curbside debris pickup has ended. City foresters are turning their attention to hazardous trees and limb removals as well as previously scheduled tree maintenance. City tree debris drop sites are now closed.
Parks and Recreation is fulfilling previously submitted debris pickup requests, as long as the debris is from a City- owned boulevard or right-of-way tree. The City cannot remove debris from private trees, lawn waste or garbage, and crews will not return to streets that have been cleared once.
Citizens with remaining storm debris may dispose of tree debris smaller than 16 inches in diameter at EKO Compost 1125 Clark Fork Lane. Limbs larger than 16 inches in diameter may be taken to the Missoula Landfill at 3737 Old Coal Mine Road. City tree debris drop sites are now closed.
The Urban Forestry Division reminds residents that all boulevard tree pruning must have prior approval from the City Forester and must be performed by a certified arborist. Tree topping, or cutting back a tree’s major limbs to a uniform height, is never good for a tree. Topping disfigures and weakens a tree, creating a greater safety
hazard. Visit www.missoulaparks.org for a list of ISA certified arborists in Missoula.