Trees offer significant social, economic, and environmental benefits to the quality of life in our community by enhancing the aesthetic beauty of our neighborhoods, moderating climate, reducing energy costs and increasing property values. Certain types of trees in the City of Concord have a protected status, depending on their size, species or historical significance. Residents are not allowed to cut down, top off, uproot, or willfully damage or destroy a protected tree without first obtaining approval (PDF) from the City.
The City has a number of designated Heritage Trees of exceptional historic, visual or ecological significance, protected by City ordinance. The tree must be an outstanding specimen of its species. The Planning Commission receives nominations for Heritage Tree status through the Planning Division. The commission must pass a resolution to designate a Heritage Tree, and a plaque is installed nearby.
Concord Receives National Award
2017 marks the 37th year that Concord has been named a Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The national award honors Concord's commitment to its community forest. Concord is also the recipient of a Tree City Growth Award for the twentieth year for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program.