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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!

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 Sam Adams, Tree Board Chair, at sadams48@utk.edu.

City Tree Board BOARD MEMBERSHIP

Sam Adams, Chair
UTK Facilities Services
2233 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-2041
sadams48@utk.edu
Term: 03/09/2010 - 12/31/2017 

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 - 12/31/2017

Nick Bridgeman
KUB
P.O. Box 59017
Knoxville, TN 37940-9017  
865-558-2812
Nick.Bridgeman@kub.org
Term: 04/01/2015 - 12/31/2018

Tracie Hellwinckel
2509 East Fifth Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-382-0740
traciehellwinckel@gmail.com 
Term: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2018

Dale Madden
Landscaper- Earthadelic

5714 Holston Hills Road
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-680-9366 
dalemadden@earthadelic.com
Term: 08/20/2013 - 12/31/2017

Beth MacDonald
5720 Holston Hills Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-544-7210
beth.macdonald1@att.net
Term: 03/09/2010 - 12/31/2017

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

Syreeta Vaughn, MSE
Action Office Analyst
Contactor to the Department of Energy
865-574-8067
Vaughnds1@y12.doe.gov
Term: 10/28/2014 - 12/31/2016

Craig Walker
4832 Martin Mill Pike
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-323-4193
cwalker@osmre.gov
Term: 12/01/2013 - 12/31/2017

Thomas Welborn
2422 Kantebury Drive
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-524-3280
tcwelborn@gmail.com 
Term: 11/11/2014 - 12/31/2017