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Ash Tree Removal and Replacement Program - Frequently Asked Questions

1)     Will the village remove my ash tree?

  • If the ash tree is located within the village’s right-of-way (parkway), the village will remove the ash tree. Ash trees on private property are the property owner's responsibility.

2)     When will my ash tree(s) be removed?

  • A map [ATRRP Map] has been created to assist the village in coordinating the removal of over 8,085 parkway ash trees.  All ash trees in the Village of Orland Park’s parkway will be removed by the end of 2015. This three year program (2013, 2014, and 2015) is aggressive, but we ask that residents be patient. Removals are currently being completed in sub areas 1, 2, 3 and 35.  Staff arborists are constantly evaluating ash tree conditions to determine where contractors will focus next in our village-wide removal and replacement process.

 
3)     What if my neighborhood is scheduled next year and I have a dead tree in my parkway that, in my opinion, 
        can’t wait another 6 months?

  • While we certainly respect your opinion, we have skilled certified arborist on staff that we must rely on to gauge a tree’s vitality, even when the tree looks dead.  Also, to handle isolated ash tree requests, we have a single “4-man crew” that is focused on removing “priority trees” or trees that pose an immediate risk to persons or property.  A staff arborist will evaluate your tree and determine the condition of the tree as to whether it should be scheduled for immediate removal.

4)     Will the Village reimburse me for removing and planting my own tree?

  • The Village of Orland Park has assumed the entire cost for tree removal, stump removal, surface restoration and the replanting of a new tree as a packaged program.  The program does not allow for reimbursements for trees removed or replaced by residents.

5)     My trees were removed some time ago. When will the stump be removed and when will the restoration occur? 

  • Due to the severe winter, we are behind in stump removals. Please be patient. We hope to have our stump removals and restorations caught up by this fall. Feel free to contact the Public Works Department to report outdated stump removals and restoration.

 
6)     When will the new tree(s) be planted?

  • New trees can only be planted during the spring and fall of each year. We will plant as many trees during these seasons as the weather permits. Trees that are not planted during the spring will be planted as a priority during the fall.

7)     How many trees will be planted in my parkway?

  • The intent of the ash tree replacement program is to replace trees one-for-one. This means that if three (3) trees are removed from a certain area, and new trees do not negatively impact, parkway infrastructure, line of sight, or above ground village facilities (hydrants and existing trees); we will replant three (3) trees. 

8)     Someone marked the parkway area where my new trees are to be installed. The new trees will be off-centered 
        and may change the look of my home.

  • While we certainly are sensitive to the home’s aesthetics, replacement trees have some limited parameters. The remaining root system of the previous tree may extend 10 to 20 feet from the base of the removed tree making it impossible to plant the new tree in that root area.  Other considerations taken into account are line-of-sight issues and placement to close to fire hydrants. The Public Works staff will make every effort to evenly space replacement trees, but in many cases, we are limited where the trees can be planted.

9)     How is it decided what tree type species is planted in the parkway?  Can I select the tree that is planted?

  • To effectively minimize any future “single-specie” catastrophes like the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Dutch Elm, the village is replacing its ash tree inventory with a diverse variety (17 different species) of 3-inch diameter trees including October Glory Maple, Accolade Elm, Crimson King Norway Maple, Shademaster Honey Locust, Pacific Sunset Maple and Littleleaf Linden to name a few.

 
10)  I’m treating my tree. Will the Village remove my parkway tree that is being treated?

  • The Village will not remove trees that we know are being treated. To ensure that your treated trees are not mistakenly removed, contact the Village of Orland Park Public Works Department at 708-403-6350 to have your treated tree(s) marked with aluminum “treated tree tag” at no cost to the resident. 

 
11)  Do I need to do anything to have my parkway ash tree removed? 

  • No. The tree removal process is quite basic. We only ask that all landscape material bordering or surrounding the parkway ash trees be removed prior to the stump removal. If you are unable to move the landscape border, we will remove and stack the materials on your property for reuse or disposal.

 
12)  I’m not interested in having a replacement tree planted in the parkway after the ash tree is removed. Do I 
        have to accept and take care of a new tree?

  • Parkway trees have a number of benefits to the neighborhood and to the overall environment. It is important for the Village to maintain a healthy level of trees in our parkways. Please contact the Public Works Department at 708-403-6350 with requests of this nature.