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As we continue our recovery and cleanup efforts, please visit the Emergency website for the latest information on openings and closings in Miami-Dade County.

Trees and Natural Forest Communities

Trees and Natural Forest Communities offer a variety of enhancements to our quality of life.

A typical healthy tree can remove up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air every year. Excessive amounts of atmospheric CO2 from human activities is considered one of the leading causes of global warming. Tree roots can also help filter groundwater and reduce erosion.

Shade from trees helps to keep buildings, streets, and parking lots cool. Evidence indicates that well-positioned shade trees can cut a building's cooling costs by up to 50%. Trees also help to cool the air in our cities through evapotranspiration.

Trees provide habitat for wildlife. Birds that nest in trees eat mosquitoes and other insects.

Trees can add up to 15% to property values. They also make our neighborhoods and city streets more attractive to tourists and investors.

Miami-Dade County is not alone in its efforts to preserve its trees. Communities throughout the nation are recognizing the importance of urban and natural forests and are passing laws to protect them. To protect their value, a permit is required to remove beneficial trees and forest vegetation in Miami-Dade County.

You also can help by reporting any illegal tree removal or effective destruction by calling 305-372-6955 and by planting more trees.


During the summer, Miami-Dade homeowners have the chance to take home two trees for free! Follow the schedule of events to participate.

Natural Forest Communities

Natural Forest Communities are rare upland plant communities that are protected in Miami-Dade County. These plant communities typically consist of Pine Rockland and Tropical Hardwood Hammock habitats that contain a large diversity of native plants, many of which are found only in within Miami-Dade County.

Native Trees

This list of trees is provided to help you identify shade trees suitable for use in South Florida

Hurricane Preparation

Hurricane season concerns all South Florida residents. Among the many things we should be aware of, there are some things you should know about how hurricanes affect trees.


Read about mulching practices and the prohibition of Cypress Mulch.

Planting a Tree

Get tips on correctly planting a tree.

Prohibited Plants

Exotic, or non-native, plants are those species found outside of their natural ranges. Once they are taken out of their natural habitat, either for landscape or agricultural purposes, some exotic species are able to escape cultivation and invade natural areas in their adopted land.

Right Tree, Right Place

When trying to figure out what type of tree to plant and where to plant it, remember to consider underground and suspended utility lines when making your choice. Each tree species grows in a different way, to different heights and spreads.

Trees Cool Your Home

Read how trees cool your home and reduce your energy expenses.

Tree Pruning

Pruning is the selective removal of tree parts to control growth, promote health, and enhance the appearance of your tree. It should not be delayed until the landscape is overgrown.

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Get updates about the Adopt-a-Tree program, and find out when Miami-Dade residents have a chance to adopt two free trees!


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