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P.O. Box 2315
480 East Ave. N.
Ketchum, ID  83340
Ph: 208.726.3841
Fax: 208.726.8234
Community Forest Management
Children Planting a TreeOverview
Ketchum's community forest is managed by the Director of Parks & Recreation who also serves as Ketchum's city arborist and is an International Society of Arboriculture municipal specialist arborist. Created in 2003, community forest management in Ketchum is intended to encourage the preservation, expansion, protection, and proper maintenance of the community forest of Ketchum.

Tree City USA Designation
Ketchum was awarded its first Tree City USA designation through the National Arbor Day Foundation in 2004. Tree Cities are required to:
  • Big Trees in KetchumHave a tree department or tree committee
  • Hold an Arbor Day celebration (Ketchum’s is the first Friday in May)
  • Pass a municipal tree ordinance (adopted in 2004 and available below),
  • Spend at least $2 per capita on tree care (Ketchum spends about $20!)
Ketchum’s tree resource is valued at over $2 million.

Primary Goals
The primary goals of Community Forestry management are:
  • Educating the public about the community forest
  • Enhancing the beauty of the city
  • Providing for protection of public safety
  • Stimulating the planting and growing of desirable trees and shrubs by following guidelines set forth by the International Society of Arboriculture

Ketchum's Tree Ordinance and Other Helpful Materials
Do you have questions about tree removal or pruning in the 25' riparian setback or City rights-of-way? Are you interested in installing holiday lights on trees? Amendments to the Tree Ordiance were adopted by City Council on April 18, 2015. Find out about rules regarding trees in the City of Ketchum here.

Application must be made for removal of any public tree. Public tree removal permit application is available here.

Download the Wood River Valley Tree Guide here.

Contact Information
We encourage you to contact the city arborist regarding any of your tree concerns including neighbor dispute resolution services and tree health consultation. We have numerous educational pamphlets and a substantial list of resources for you. You may also schedule an educational session for your neighborhood, homeowners’ association, community group, or school regarding specific topics such as planting or pruning given by the city arborist or forestry maintenance staff. Email Jen Smith, Director of Parks & Recreation, and the city's Certified Municipal Specialist Arborist (ISA #PN5559AM) or call at 208.726.7820 X2.

Contact Us
Jennifer Smith
Director of Parks and Recreation

John Kearney
Recreation Supervisor

Bobby Noyes
Youth Recreation Supervisor

Doran Key
Youth Recreation Supervisor

Heather Johns
Information Services Coordinator

Parks and Recreation Administration Offices
Atkinson Park
900 Third Avenue North
PO Box 2315
Ketchum ID 83340