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A public right of way is defined as an improved or unimproved public property dedicated or deeded to the City for the purpose of providing vehicular, pedestrian, and public use.
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The City of Nampa’s Right of Way Tree Planting Program was established in 1991 to promote our urban forest and to assist property owners in the planting of trees within their right of way. In 1999, the Right of Way planting area was expanded to include 15 feet beyond the property’s original right of way. This expanded the planting area enabling more property owners the opportunity to participate in the program.
A permit to plant or remove a tree in a Public Right of Way is required by City Ordinance. There is no fee for the permit. The forestry department regulates the planting and removal of ROW trees for several reasons, including location and tree species
The location for planting individual trees along the street right-of-way is selected by the forester to ensure that trees will not interfere with:
Only species approved by the city forester may be planted along the street right-of-way. Keep in mind that only trees listed on an individual permit may be planted at a given site. The forester considers the space available along with other factors such as proximity to neighboring trees and overhead wires to recommend trees that are best suited for each site. This will avoid problems with a tree species being planted that is too large or unsuited for the available space.
The owner of the abutting property, at the owner’s expense, shall prune all trees located within the public right of way.
If a tree has a broken branch in the right-of-way you may call the City Forester at 468-5723 to obtain a permit. There is no fee for the permit. The City Forester can give guidelines on proper procedures to care for the tree or give you information to contact a licensed tree company to perform the work.
Usually, if the tree is between the street and sidewalk it is considered a right-of-way tree. If in doubt, please check with the city forester at 468-5723 for clarification.
Contact a licensed tree company. Remember that a permit is required.
No we do not trim private trees. The City trims only trees that interfere with street sign visibility, vision triangles, and city roadwork.
No. Idaho Power hires qualified line clearing contractors to keep the power lines clear. Idaho Power has the knowledge to create necessary line clearances while at the same time considering each tree's species, size, and natural shape.
If you have a tree near a power line that you think needs to be pruned or removed, or if you notice a tree interfering with power lines, contact Idaho Power at 800-488-6151.
If tree limbs from your neighbor’s tree overhang your property it is suggested you ask the neighbor if they will take care of the situation or give you permission to trim the tree. Hopefully, this problem can be handled with out dispute.
No, at this time the city does not have the resources to provide this service; you need to call a private arborist.
A permit must be obtained before planting a tree in the Right of Way. There is no charge for the permit. Please contact the City Forester at 208-468-5723.
Typically low to medium height trees that are not deemed a nuisance and are adapted to Nampa’s climate and can be pruned away from power lines, road and sidewalk surfaces are allowed. However, the City of Nampa specifies which species of trees can be planted in the right of way. A complete list of allowable trees is available from the City Forester.
The following list of trees are not approved:
No, we do not recycle wreaths.
It is unlawful for any person to damage or mutilate any tree within any street or public ground of the City.