Forestry Services


Forestry Services is responsible for the care and well-being of plants, trees, and shrubs in public places and right-of-ways and beautifying City parks, memorials, and landscapes.

Wood Chips

The City has an ample supply of wood chips available free of charge to the residents of Carbondale. Chips are by-products of the Forestry Man­agement Division tree trimming and removal program. To schedule a pick-up time, call 618-457-3275. The City does not deliver chips.

Chips can be picked up at:
Maintenance Environmental Services
212 W Willow Street
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

For more information about Forestry Services, contact the City Arborist by email or phone.

Tree City USA

Car­bondale is one of only seven cities in Illinois that have held the Tree City USA award for over 41 years. The Tree City USA program was es­tablished in 1976 by the National Ar­bor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program. The program promotes and celebrates sustainable management and care of trees where we live. It en­courages community pride, educa­tion, and individual action that improves forest resources and quality of life in our community.

The City of Carbondale has received the Tree City USA Growth Award for the 6th consecutive year, which recognizes Tree City USA communities for environmental improvements and achieving a higher level of tree care for the community.

Arbor Day

The City of Carbondale’s Forestry Management Division usually ends the cel­ebration of Arbor Day with the com­memorative planting of two trees at historic Woodlawn Cemetery by the Mayor and City Council members. You can take an ac­tive part in Arbor Day by planting your tree or just taking the time to ap­preciate the trees in our community or on the campus of Southern Illinois University.

Tree Campus USA

On one final note, the City of Car­bondale’s Forestry Management Divi­sion proudly announces that South­ern Illinois University received the national award as a Tree Campus USA. SIU is one of 20 campuses in Il­linois to receive the distinguished award.