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 Woolly aphids

Problems with black sticky stuff on your car or property from a tree?  don't cut it down just yet, it may only be temporary.  if the tree is a hackberry, and has white tiny flying bugs on the leaves, and orange/black bumps on leaves, It probably is the Woolly Aphid insect (white bugs).  they are sucking sap from leaves of trees and dropping on anything under them, which black fungus grows on, and is sticky.  the orange/black bumps are actually Asian Lady Beatles, that are eating the Aphids (yeah! nature to the rescue!).  it probably is a temporary thing, and nothing to worry about, once leaves fall off trees, it may not recur.  However, if it does, or if you feel that you need to get it under control now, you could spray with insecticidal soaps, or there are guidelines for treating with other methods in the linked educational website >HERE<


Upcoming events:

Ordinance Compliance Seminar - Tree Pruner's (Arborist) Licensing

Dates & Time: 2015, Nov 12, & 2016, Feb 11, May 12, Aug 11, Nov 10 each @ 6pm central time.

Cost: FREE (Must Bring Picture ID)  Length: 4 hours

Location: Wesselman Woods Nature Center

Description:  Seminar required for obtaining Tree Pruner's license. >>>click here to see how to obtain and maintain a license<<<


Do you need to hire someone to prune or remove a tree?

For a person/business to prune or remove trees for hire within the city of Evansville, on public or private property, they must have a license.  What does it mean if the company does not have a license?  It may be that they do not have the appropriate insurance.  Click >HERE< to get a list of licensed tree companies.  Please remember that the list is updated routinely.  For more information on hiring a tree company click >HERE<.  Click the International Society of Arboriculture link below to do a search for Certified Arborists.  If you are a tree company and need to get a license, call our office at 436-5752.



 Publications about trees & how to care for them

Accomplishments & Future Goals Reports - See what our department has accomplished, and what we plan on doing in the near future.  Includes a list of tree work preformed by Department of Urban Forestry.

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Watering Trees - It's not as simple as you may think...check out this helpful tree watering guide.

Planting Trees A document that describes how to select the right tree for the right place, and how to properly plant them.

Why Not to Top Trees - 8 reasons why not to top trees and alternatives to topping.

Construction, Development, & Trees - Description of how development/construction can harm trees, and how to preserve trees during development.

Benefits of Trees in Business/Commercial Districts

Arboricultural Specifications Manual - Tree planting, pruning, & care specifications for city owned trees in Evansville.  Includes lists of acceptable and unacceptable trees.

About our Department...

The Evansville Department of Urban Forestry is under the Department of Transportation and Services, and consists of four full time tree crew workers, and is managed by the Evansville City Arborist. The duties of the Department of Urban Forestry are as follows:

  • Enforcement of the Evansville Tree Ordinance.
  • Accomplishes the day to day activities of hazardous tree and tree limb removal.
  • Removal of tree debris created by storms.
  • Inventory of existing public trees.
  • Supervision of the Arborist Licensing program.
  • Presentation of tree related materials to public.
  • Development and dissemination of educational brochures pertaining to trees.
  • Inspection and recommendations for public tree issues.
  • Dissemination and review of public tree planting and removal permits.
  • Planning, performing, and assistance for public tree planting.
  • Recertification for Tree City USA status & Growth Award.
  • Planning and supervision of annual Arbor Day event.
  • Coordination with other government agencies, not-for-profit groups, and the public concerning tree related activities issues.
  • Apply for Grants.

Tree Advisory Board

The Evansville Tree Advisory Board meets the first Thursday of the month at 8am, in room 318 of the Civic Center.  Special meetings, or a change of location will be announced here in the future.  If you would like to have an agenda, or would like to be on the agenda, please call 475-1426.


Evansville Tree Ordinance - regulates the appointment and activity of the Tree Advisory Board, pruning and care of trees on public property, tree pruner's licensing requirements, and other public tree concerns.


Related Links

Go to the GIS Mapping Website - Shows street and park trees, forested areas, parks, nature areas, champion trees, and canopy cover in Evansville.

International Society of Arboriculture - This site can be used to look up Certified Arborists, and professional arboricultural standards.

National Arbor Day Foundation - Includes information about the Tree City USA program, Growth Award, and other tree related information.

Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Urban forestry Section

Purdue University Publications - This is a link to a great number of FREE publications available on-line from Purdue University.

Indiana Community & Urban Forestry - Lists programs, publications, and other information about urban forestry in Indiana.

Southwest Indiana Master Gardener Association - upcoming events, classes, programs, and activities sponsored by the Master Gardeners.

National Big Tree Register - List of the largest known tree of each species in the US.  This list is maintained by American Forests.  Can you find the two national champion trees in Evansville in the list?

Indiana Big Tree Register- List of the largest known tree of each species in Indiana.  There are 26 in Vanderburgh County!

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) - See where EAB currently is, and other information about the pest.

Keep Evansville Beautiful - This is a not-for-profit organization that is beneficial for programs such as Anti-Litter campaigns, Adopt-A-Spots, and of course, our annual Arbor Day event.

Wesselman Nature Society - The site is linked to Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve & Center, Howell Wetlands, and Canoe Evansville.  Wesselman Woods is a natural gem in the city containing many wonderful trails and champion trees!

Pigeon Creek Greenway - Instrumental not-for-profit group that has dedicated towards the completion and improvement of our local Greenway trail system through the city.

Indiana Arborist Association- Link to other Professional Arborists in Indiana.

Contact us at...

1000 Oak Hill Road                 
Evansville, IN 47711
Phone: (812) 436-5752
Fax: (812) 436-5748

City Arborist: Shawn Dickerson

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Last updated: 10/21/2015 2:31:31 PM