The purpose of the City Tree Board is to formulate a master street tree plan for all municipal property. The Board assists in disseminating news and information regarding the selection; planting, establishment, and maintenance of trees; and advising City Council on desirable legislation concerning the city’s tree program.
IMPORTANT WORK OF THE CITY TREE BOARD:
• Conducts education and outreach about the importance of trees
• Hosts annual Arbor Day Celebration with elementary school children
• Worked with the Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission to develop a Street Tree Planting Plan
• Helped save the giant Sawtooth Oaks in Market Square
• Worked with developers to redesign Krutch Park and Market Square to suggest replacement trees and to trim existing trees
• Works with city residents to determine where new street trees will be planted (500 1.5-inch diameter trees per year). Since 1992, the city has been planting 500-1000 trees per year!
APPOINTMENT OF BOARD MEMBERS
All eleven members of the City Tree Board serve 4-year staggered terms. City Tree Board members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.
Seven of the members must reside in the City of Knoxville; the remaining four members may reside outside the city but must live in Knox County. At least five must be professionals, including a landscape architect and a horticulturist, forester, or educator. One member shall be a representative of the Knoxville Utilities Board.
The municipal arborist, and a representative from the City of Knoxville Engineering Department, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Forestry Division, and the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission attend meetings but have no vote.
Meeting Frequency: The City Tree Board meets on the first Thursday of the month at 8:30 AM, at Public Works Service Center, 3131 Morris Avenue. If you would like to be on the agenda, please contact Dale Madden, Tree Board Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Term Limit: 4 year Terms, limited to 2 Consecutive Terms, then 1 year break.
Positions: 11 in total. 11 occupied. No vacancies.