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City Tree BoardThe 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.

View the Tree Board's Strategic Plan & Consultant's Report [PDF]


DUTIES OF THE CITY TREE BOARD

• To study the problems and determine the needs of the city in connection with its urban forestry program in order to maintain Tree City USA status through the Arbor Day Foundation and to report from time to time to the governing body of the city as to desirable legislation concerning the urban forestry program and related activities for the city. The city tree board shall recommend for approval by the city council such rules and regulations as the board shall deem advisable and necessary in order to perform its duties as set forth herein. 

• To assist the properly constituted officials, as well as city council and the citizens of the city, in the dissemination of news and information regarding the selection, planting, establishment, protection, and maintenance of trees within the corporate limits of the city and to make recommendations from time to time to the city council relative to desirable legislation concerning the tree program and tree related activities on city property. 

• To provide regular and special meetings at which the subject of trees, insofar as it relates to the city, may be discussed by members of the tree board and, when requested by the tree board, officers and personnel of the city, and all other persons interested in the tree program. The board shall also adopt procedures as it may deem necessary for holding and conducting its regular and special meetings. 


IMPORTANT WORK OF THE CITY TREE BOARD

• Conducts education and outreach about the importance of trees

• Hosts an Arbor Day Celebration each year, involving elementary school children

• Worked with the Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission to develop a Street Tree Planting Plan


APPOINTMENT OF BOARD MEMBERS

The eleven members serve four-year terms. 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. Members are nominated by the Mayor and approved by City Council. 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.


MEETINGS SCHEDULE

The City Tree Board meets on the first Thursday of the month at 8:30 AM, at the Public Works Service Center on 3131 Morris Ave.

If you would like to be on the agenda, please contact Dale Madden, Tree Board Chair, at dalemadden@earthadelic.com.



BOARD MEMBERSHIP
Click here to view current board membership and to check for opportunities to serve on this board.


CITY TREE BOARD STAFF & NON-VOTING MEMBERS

Kasey Krouse

Urban Forester
Public Service Urban Forestry Division
3131 Morris Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37909
kkrouse@knoxvilletn.gov
865-215-6113 865-384-2238

David McGinley
City Stormwater Engineering
400 Main Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
dmcginley@knoxvilletn.gov
865-215-2072

Mike Reynolds
Senior Planner
Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission
400 Main St, Suite 403
Knoxville, TN 37902
mike.reynolds@knoxplanning.org
865-215-3804

Ben Nanny
Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37920
bnanny@ijams.org
865-577-4717

Tim Hester
Parks & Greenways Coordinator
Knoxville Parks & Recreation Department
5930 Lyons View Pike Knoxville, TN 37919
THester@knoxvilletn.gov
865-215-1712

Katherine Hayes
Office Assistant
Public Service Department
3131 Morris Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37909
khayes@knoxvilletn.gov
865-215-6090

Diane Warwick
Urban & Community Forestry Partnership Coordinator
TN Dept. of Agriculture/Forestry
2416 Fletcher Luck Lane Knoxville, TN 37996
Diane.Warwick@tn.gov
865-594-5439
865-617-8829

Lee Rumble
Extension Agent
400 W. Main Street, Suite 560
Knoxville, TN 37902
drumble@utk.edu
865-215-2340