University Hill tree removals scheduled during break

The city of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department’s Forestry Division will perform tree work in the University Hill commercial area during winter break, Dec. 23 to Jan. 10, weather permitting. The University Hill commercial area generally is recognized as the area bordered by Pleasant Street and College Avenue between 13th Street and Broadway.

  • Thirteen ash trees that are heavily infested with emerald ash borer (EAB) will be removed, as they have declined severely in health. The trees are considered dead/dying and pose a risk to public safety. 
  • Five additional trees of various species will be removed as they are dead/dying and pose a risk to public safety.
  • All removals are scheduled between 8 and 11 a.m. No street closures are anticipated, as work zones are small and will be coned and taped off for safety. 
  • A tree replacement plan is being developed by the city’s Community Vitality Department, which maintains the commercial district streetscape in consultation with the city’s Forestry Division. The plan will be presented for consideration to the Boulder City Council-appointed members of the University Hill Commercial Area Management Commission.
  • To meet the city’s urban tree canopy goals and guidelines, the plan will include a mix of tree replacement, landscaping and upgrades to the tree irrigation system to ensure the viability of the new trees. It is anticipated a plan draft will be ready for public review and comment in early 2020. Replanting will likely occur as weather allows in spring or early summer 2020.

Learn more about the city’s EAB Plan. Specific information regarding temporary lane closures or traffic detours is posted the week prior to the City Cone Zones map.