Urban Forestry Tree Initiatives

Commemorative Tree Program

Provides a unique way for residents and visitors to commemorate a special event, memory, or loved one. Through this program, participants can donate a tree that will contribute to the enhancement of the City's urban forest. Through this program, participants will be helping the City increase the overall canopy coverage, improve species diversity and increase the total number of canopy trees planted citywide. All donated Commemorative trees shall be entered into the City's OpenTreeMap GIS database, which will show the final tree location(s) along with a breakdown of the environmental benefits provided including energy conserved, stormwater filtered, air quality improved, carbon dioxide removed and carbon dioxide stored to date.

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Heritage Tree Designation 

The City of Miami Beach has developed a special program in recognition of the  intrinsic value that heritage trees provide to the community. The program not only helps preserve iconic trees but also assists in the future management through subsidized maintenance cost.

This unique designation can be initiated by any person with the written consent of the property owner by making submitting a request to the Urban Forestry Division.

In order for a specimen tree to be considered for heritage tree designation, the tree must be identified through an evaluation by an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certified arborist and or ASCA (American Society of Consulting Arborists) registered arborist. They will then determine the whether the health and structural integrity of the tree and whether it meets one of the following criteria:

  • It is a historic tree or grouping of trees, of documented historical significance and value to the City of Miami Beach because of its or their location or historical association with the community.
  • It is a tree or grouping of trees with exemplary representation of species’ characteristics and of high value to the community because of its or their species, size, age, location, distinctive form, exceptional characteristics, or ecological value.
  • It is a champion tree or grouping of trees. A champion tree is defined by the State of Florida Division of Forestry as being the largest of its species within the state or by the American Forestry Association as being the largest of its species in the United States or the world.

Have your tree designated as a Heritage Tree Today by applying using the following application: Heritage Tree Permit Application 

.Please contact Urban Forestry at urbanforestry@miamibeachfl.gov if you have any questions.

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