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The purpose of the Tree Board is to protect the public health and welfare by improving and preserving the beauty of the city as it relates to street trees and park trees. The Board administers and updates a plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, removal, or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets, and in other public areas. The City Council and the Planning Commission may also request the Tree Board's expertise in special matters which come within the Board's scope of work.

The Tree Board and Tree Warden's duties are spelled out in Section 13-301 of the City's Code of Ordinances, which was first adopted in 1972, as well as 24 V.S.A. Chapter 67.

The Tree Board's scope of responsibility includes studying, investigating, counseling, and developing and/or updating annually, and administering a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, removal, or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas. Also, if requested by the City Council, the Board must consider, investigate, make findings, report and recommend upon any special matter of question coming within the scope of its work.

NEW!  Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness Plan for Montpelier
NEW!   Map of Downtown Trees

Click this thumbnail to see the map, then click any tree dot to see tree details:

Downtown Tree Map 

Interested in volunteering or joining the Tree Board???
Tree Board members help plant, weed, prune and water street trees. We could even use people with enough training to help with doing a street tree inventory, including the types of trees and their current condition. Please contact either John Snell (jrsnelljr@gmail.com) or Sarah Hoffmeier (sarahhoffmeier@gmail.com) to volunteer.

 
Members & Terms
 
Members
 
Term Expires
John Snell, Chair
Apr. 2016
Sarah Hoffmeier
Feb. 2016
Abby Colihan
Apr. 2018
 Jeff Schumann
Feb. 2016 

John Akielaszek

Feb. 2016

Lynn Wild

Apr. 2018
The Tree Board is comprised of nine members, citizens and city residents appointed by the City Council for a period of three years. In the event a vacancy occurs during the term of any member, his or her successor is appointed for the unexpired portion of their term.

Conditions of term:
Any member may be removed from the board for cause. Cause shall include but not be limited to excessive
absences from scheduled board meetings and clearly identified conflicts of interest. (Removal of a member from the board requires a majority vote of the remaining members and the concurrence of the City Council.)

Tree Board Meetings
 1st Thursday of each month, Memorial Room in City Hall, at 5:30 P.M.

Tree Board meeting Agendas
Tree Board meeting Minutes
 
Tree Warden
The Tree Warden is a City official with complete authority over all trees, shrubs, or plants in the public right of way of the city that are not under the jurisdiction of the Parks Commission or Cemetery Commission. The Tree Warden may remove or cause to be removed any tree which is in an unsafe condition, presents a hazard to the general public, infected by insects, or is affecting public utility improvements. The Tree Warden also advises the Tree Board and regulatory boards of the City in matters of tree health, care, and maintenance. The Tree Warden can be contacted at the Montpelier Parks and Tree office, 223-7335.

Emerald Ash Borer
This destructive insect pest kills ash trees, usually within 2-5 years.  While it has not been detected in Vermont, it is present in all surrounding states. It has killed millions of ash trees, mostly in the midwest and eastern US.   The Tree Board is working on a plan to address the damage done by this insect which will eventually arrive in our City.  Do you have ash trees in your yard?  Become aware and learn more about this and other pests at www.VTinvasives.org.

Contacts

As of March, 2015, the City's Tree Warden is:
Geoff Beyer, Montpelier Parks Director
The Tree Warden can be contacted through the
Montpelier Parks Department (802) 223-7335.
Email:

 



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