Urban Forestry

Duke Energy North Carolina will be trimming trees around power lines in the Durham area. To find out where the trimming will be and when, please visit:

Duke Energy North Carolina
Duke Energy Customer Service

Hope Valley Area Plan
Hope Valley Area Map

Oxford Substation Plan
Oxford Substation Map

Notification of Circuit Line Clearance Work


Duke Energy plans to conduct tree trimming beginning April 17, 2017, in the areas northwest of I-85 and W.T. Harris Boulevard. The route starts at the substation off of Hillsborough Road near Ninth Street and heads south following Broad Street and Swift Avenue, turns south onto Chapel Hill Road and serves residential neighborhoods southeast of Duke University.
Clearance Work Map

Street Tree Removal


Over the next six months neighborhoods throughout Durham will see street trees in declining health removed as the City of Durham works to proactively manage its urban forest. The Urban Forestry Division has contracted with Baxley Corporation to remove approximately 40 street trees scattered throughout neighborhoods in Durham. These trees were selected for removal due to a combination of condition, size and location factors as well as their particular susceptibility to decay, insects, diseases and severe weather.

Residents and property owners in the immediate vicinity of the tree removal work will be contacted by U.S. mail and/or with door hangers about the project. If travel lanes are impacted, traffic control and alternate routes will be provided by the City’s contractor. Some of the trees that are removed will be replaced next planting season with a tree species more appropriate for thriving in an urban environment.

For additional information regarding this tree removal work, residents should contact Urban Forestry Manager Alex Johnson at (919) 560-4197, ext. 21275 or by email

Duties & Responsibilities


The Urban Forestry division provides arboriculture service and consultation to the residents of Durham on issues relating to the trees on City property and rights-of-way. This division is dedicated to the pruning, planting, removal, and protection of trees using the latest arboriculture techniques and safety standards.

The mission of Urban Forestry is to enhance the quality of life for the Durham community by providing professional quality tree care and planting on city rights-of-way, in parks and around city facilities.
Natural Target Pruning diagram
Planting diagram