Tree Removals from County Road Right-of-Way

Trees cut down

A property owner may contact the Van Buren County Road Commission to request that a dead or dying tree be removed from the county road right-of-way.  Van Buren County Road Commission staff will determine if a tree is a safety hazard and should be removed.  The property owner may arrange to keep the wood, or have it removed by the Road Commission.  Requests must come from the property owner as the tree belongs to them and, in most cases, permission must be granted by them for the removal.


Counties must follow new guidelines regarding tree cutting due to the identification of endangered and threatened bat species in Michigan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The bats have a habitat of live and dead trees three (3") inches or larger in diameter.  Therefore, tree removals must take place during periods of hibernation (October 15 through March 31) or, in some instances, require additional consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This prohibition does not effect emergency operations.  CLICK HERE to download a flyer from the County Road Association of Michigan regarding these guidelines.