Tree Programs

Council Bluffs is a recognized Tree City, and we are proud of this accomplishment. We encourage and assist with providing residents opportunities to plant trees within neighborhoods and along streets. And, we understand sometimes trees need to be removed. To report a tree problem, or inquire about planting trees on the public right-of-way, please call 712-890-5291. Eligibility requirements to provide tree removal services for the City can be found here: Tree Removal Service Requirements.  

To order a tree through the Shade Trees Program go to the bottom of this page and open the 2020 Council Bluffs Tree Order Form


EMERALD ASH BORER PROGRAM:  The emerald ash borer is a green buprestid or jewel beetle native to Asia.  The beetle feeds on ash species.  The female lays eggs in the bark crevices of an ash tree. The larvae will feed underneath the bark and emerge as adults within one-two years.

HEART OF THE CITY PROGRAM: The Heart of the City program is a free tree planting program and is designed to beautify our city neighborhoods. The program provides residents an opportunity to have a tree planted in their neighborhood. For more information call 712-890-5291.

SHADE TREES PROGRAM: Pottawattamie County residents are eligible to purchase trees through the Plant Some Shade program.  This program is a partnership initiative to aid long-term energy and natural resource conservation. The program is administered by the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation, City of Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation, Council Bluffs Trees Forever, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources — Bureau of Forestry. This program is offered in the spring of each year.  

STREET TREE PROGRAM: Urban Street trees and neighborhood street tress offer an array of benefits to the community.  Street trees offer an aesthetic value and have been proven to serve as a traffic calming measure within residential neighborhoods.  As part of our commitment to having our streets lined with appropriate trees, the Horticulture and Grounds Division staff have prepared a street tree planting guide to help with tree selection. Refer to our related links section below.