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CITY TREE BOARD
Final Tree Inventory and Management Plan [PDF]
Knoxville's Tree Ordinance
Tree Board History
Tree Board Meeting Notes
Tree Board Programs
Tree FAQs
Tree List [PDF]
Urban Forestry - Trees in Knoxville
2007 Tree Conservation and Planting Plan [PDF]
2002 Street Tree Master Plan
MPC Task Force on Ridge, Slope & Hillside Dev. & Protection
Center for Urban Forest Research
National Arbor Day Foundation
State of Tennessee Urban Forestry
Tennessee Urban Forestry Council
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.

Duties of the City Tree Board

  • To develop a master street tree plan for all municipal property
  • To develop regulations relative to the type of trees to be planted and planting methods on any municipal property and in Special Districts
  • To make recommendations to City Council about the tree plan for municipal property
  • To assist the city in public education and outreach about the planting and maintenance of trees within the city limits
  • To have regular meetings to discuss tree programs
  • 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
  • Helped to save the giant Sawtooth Oaks in Market Square downtown, and worked with developers during the 2002 redesign of 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!

    Discussion of Ordinance Revision - Meeting Scheduled Oct. 3, 2013

    The City of Knoxville Tree Board plans on discussing the revision of Article Three of the Tree Protection Ordinance "Trees on Public Property" at the October tree board meeting. The meeting is scheduled for October 3rd at 8:30 AM at Ijams Nature Center. The arboriculture industry has changed in the years since the ordinance was first developed and needs to be updated. The role and duty of the Urban Forester will also be discussed in the revision of the ordinance.
  • City Tree Board
    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 Ijams Nature Center. If you would like to be on the agenda, please contact David Vandergriff, Tree Board Chair, at dgriff@tennessee.edu.
    Board Membership
    Sam Adams
    Cortese Tree Specialists
    1201 W. Fourth Ave.
    Knoxville, TN 37921
    865-522-0533
    sam@cortesetree.com
    Term: 03/09/2010 - 11/30/2013

    Patrick Beasley, RLA, LEED AP
    2616 Teeple Street
    Knoxville, TN 37917
    865-441-4428
    patbeasley@hotmail.com
    Term: 03/05/2013 - 12/31/2016

    Brian Campbell
    2506 Holbrook Drive
    Knoxville, TN 37918
    865-862-7820
    brian@knoxgarden.org
    Term: 03/09/2010 - 11/30/2013

    Kimberly Davis, PE
    Spectra Tech, Inc.
    132 Jefferson Court
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830
    Work: 865 483 7210
    Cell: 865 964 3103
    kdavis@spectratechinc.com
    Term: 11/30/2010 - 12/31/2014

    Travis Davis
    1901 Earl Avenue
    Knoxville, TN 37920
    Term: 09/24/2013 - 12/31/2017

    Liz Hannah
    KUB
    P.O. Box 59017
    Knoxville, TN 37950-9017
    865-558-2668
    elizabeth.hannah@kub.org
    Term: 03/22/2011 - 03/31/2015

     


     

    Dale Madden
    5714 Holston Hills Road
    Knoxville, TN 37914
    865-680-9366
    Term: 08/20/2013 - 12/31/2017

    Rebekah Jane Montgomery
    Parks & Greenways Coordinator
    Knox County Parks & Recreation
    6008 Burnett Creek Road
    Knoxville, TN 37920
    865-215-6610
    rebekahjane.montgomery@knoxcounty.org
    Term: 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2016

    Beth MacDonald

    5720 Holston Hills Rd.
    Knoxville, TN 37914
    865-544-7210
    beth.macdonald1@att.net
    Term: 03/09/2010 - 11/30/2013

    Craig Walker
    4832 Martin Mill Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37920
    Cell: 865-323-4193
    Term: 12/01/2013 - 12/31/2017

    David Vandergriff, Chair
    University of Tennessee
    Knox County Extension
    400 W. Main Street, Room 560
    Knoxville TN 37902-3510
    Work: 865-215-2340
    dgriff@tennessee.edu
    Term: 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2016

    Tom Simpson
    Ex-Officio

     

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