Kingsport was named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This is the 32nd year Kingsport has received this national recognition. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance.
The City of Kingsport Landscape Division practices standard arboriculture. The department does not do tree topping.
What is tree topping?
Tree topping is the excessive removal of all parts of a tree above and beyond a certain height with no regard for the structure and growth pattern of the tree. The practice of topping is so wide spread that many people believe it is the proper way to prune trees. Pruning is the selective removal of certain limbs based on the structure or growth pattern of the tree. Go to http://www.treesaregood.com/ for more information on tree topping. Any and all tree maintenance that is on city property is to be done by the city. This includes city owned lots, parks, right of ways, etc. If you need any work done in your area, please contact our office at (423) 229-9451.
Notable Trees of Kingsport
Rotherwood Elm is one of the Tennessee Urban Forestry “Heritage Trees.” To learn more click here.
The Kingsport Tree Advisory Board invites you to nominate a tree that:
Is the largest of its kind in the city
Has a historical connection
Has a special significance
Notable Trees of Kingsport is sponsored by Domtar. To nominate a tree, fill out the form online.
Keep Kingsport Beautiful
The city partners with Keep Kingsport Beautiful to help involve the community in practicing responsible solutions for a clean and beautiful environment.