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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assessment Team Has Arrived in Elkhart County

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel has arrived in Elkhart County to inspect individual damage left by February’s record flooding. This group’s primary responsibility is to assess the damage done to individual homes. They are planning to stop at each home that has reported damage from... more


Monday, March 19, 2018

The Goshen Fire Department will test the tornado sirens Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m. as part of the Statewide Tornado Drill. The annual Indiana Severe Weather and Flood Preparedness Week runs from March 18 through March 24 this year. As part of NWS efforts to build a Weather Ready Nation,... more


Monday, March 19, 2018

Kercher Road (CR 38) will have a moving lane restriction between the Norfolk Southern Marion railroad line and the Kercher bridge over the Elkhart River. The lane restriction is required for the placement of topsoil behind the new curb. The lane restriction begins today Monday, March 19 and will continue... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, March 26, 2018, 2:00pm

Shade Tree Board meeting

Monday, March 26, 2018, 7:00pm

Goshen Housing Authority Board meetings

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7:00am

Goshen Parks Forestry

Celebrate trees in Goshen at the 2017 Goshen Arbor Day event on April 28th! For details, please visit


Trees are a vital part of Goshen's life and infrastructure. Trees provide everyone with some invaluable services- and they do these services more cheaply and efficiently than human designs. 

For more information on the benefits of our urban forest:

Economic Benefits

Social Benefits

Ecological Benefits

Aesthetic Benefits

Combined Benefits

City of Goshen Tree Programs

The City of Goshen has two tree programs, which it offers through the Goshen Parks & Recreation Department, to help residents care for our "urban forest":

  1. The City will split the cost of tree maintenance, including trimming and removal, 50/50, for trees that are in the City's right of way. The City Forester can help determine right of way.
  2. The City will split the cost of planting a new, 2-inch diameter, 10- to 15-foot-tall tree if planted in the right of way. Resident portion is $80, which includes planting.

The City Forester, Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, will be glad to consult. Any questions about these programs, or about trees in general, can be directed to him at (574) 537-0986 or

2011 Public Tree Inventory Analysis

2013 Urban Tree Canopy Analysis - Factsheet

Click Here to learn more.

Volunteer Opportunities

In addition, there are various volunteer opportunities in the public woods of Goshen. Tree planting, invasive plant species removal, trail maintenance and trash cleanup are some of the major ongoing projects within Goshen's urban forest. The Municipal Tree Nursery is one of the sites for volunteer work. While there is sweat involved in all these efforts, there is also a lot of fun, as well as the opportunity to be outside, learning about the wide world of trees! Share your love for nature, the environment and conservation with others!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Aaron at (574) 537-0986 or

For more information about Parks programs and activities, please consult our current Parks & Recreation Program Guide.