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Public Trees

New Bern Parks and Recreation is responsible for all Public Trees located in cemeteries, parks, City-owned open space, and/or street and sidewalk rights-of-way.  If you notice an issue with any public tree, please contact us at (252)639-2901, email Kari Warren at, or fill out one of the forms listed below and return to:

New Bern Parks & Recreation
1307 Country Club Road
New Bern, NC 28562

Tree Evaluation Request Form
New or Replacement Tree Request Form
Tree Removal Appeal Form
Public Trees Ordinance

Development Services coordinates Tree Removal Permits for any trees on private or commercial property.  Permits are required for the following areas:

A Local Historic District
Tree Removal Permit and Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)
(New Bern Historic District, and Riverside Historic District)

A National Register Historic District
Tree Removal Permit
(Degraffenreid, Ghent Neighborhood 1 and 2, and Lawson Creek)

A Commercial Development
(due to buffer requirements)

Tree Removal Permit

Click here for an interactive map of New Bern historic areas and buildings

For questions regarding trees on private or commercial property,
Please contact Seth Laughlin (Zoning Administrator) at (252)639-7582 or
Matt Schelly (City Planner, Historic Preservation Administrator) at (252)639-7583.

Tree Replacement Map
This map shows trees that have recently been planted, or will be planted withing the New Bern City Limits.

Are you interested in purchasing a tree in honor of someone, for a right-of-way, or in a park? 
Check out one of these programs:

Tree Purchase Program
Honor Tree Program