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Forestry

Adam Schmidt, Village Arborist

Forestry, a subdivision of the Streets Division, is responsible for maintaining over 6,000 trees located in parkways and other Village right-of-way. Routine tree maintenance includes insect and disease identification, removal of dead, decaying, and diseased trees, replacing trees annually, inspecting and trimming parkway trees annually, and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) management.

Since EAB was detected in Mundelein in 2011, the Village of Mundelein has taken an aggressive approach to remove all EAB infested ash trees. In accordance with Mundelein’s 2013 EAB Management Plan, all EAB infested ash trees should be removed by the end of 2017. Reforestation will continue over the next 5 years. The Village will continue to pursue a diverse tree population when replacing trees throughout the Village of Mundelein.

Mundelein’s commitment to building a sustainable urban forestry program has earned the Village Tree City USA designation each year since 2013.

In addition to parkway tree maintenance, Mundelein offers its residents unique services related to private property trees that other communities do not provide. The list below provides some details on a few of these services:

  • Leaf Collection — The Village provides residents an opportunity during the fall season to rake leaves into the parkway (behind the curb or off the road) to be collected by the Village contractual waste hauler.
  • Tree Assessments — Upon resident request, trained Village staff will conduct a disease/infestation inspection of any tree on private property and provide a recommendation on protection or eradication measures.
  • Storm Damage Debris Removal — After significant storm events with high winds, Public Works crews will conduct debris removal throughout the Village, picking up loose branches and other landscape debris felled by the storm. Contact Public Works to determine if crews will be clearing debris for a specific storm. Storm debris collection guidelines can be found here.