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.
The City has a large 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 four cities in Illinois that have held the Tree City USA award for more than 35 consecutive 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, which recognizes Tree City USA communities for environmental improvements and achieving a higher level of tree care for the community.
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 own 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 is proud to announce that Southern Illinois University received the national award as a Tree Campus USA. There are 254 campuses nationwide that are designated with this honor and SIU is one of 22 campuses in Illinois to receive the distinguished award.