Description: Created by Title 11 Trees, the Urban Forestry Commission is comprised of 11 community members who volunteer their time to advise the City Forester, Parks Director, Commissioner in Charge of Parks and City Council on matters pertaining to trees in the City including regulations, budget, policies and plans. It also acts as an appeals board for certain tree permits, nominates new and approves removal of Heritage Trees, and plays a significant role in updates to the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan.
Total seats available: 11
Term length: Four year
Volunteer position description: The Commission is comprised of 11 community members who volunteer their time to advise the City Forester, Parks Director, Commissioner in Charge of Parks and City Council on matters pertaining to trees in the City.
The Commission is responsible for carrying out the following duties:
1. Providing assistance in the development, periodic reviews, and updates to the Urban Forest Management Plan, and submitting said plan updates to the City Council for approval.
2. Reviewing and providing input on plans, policies, and projects developed pursuant to other City Code provisions which contain elements or which affect matters related to urban forestry and other matters to ensure that the policies of the Urban Forest Management Plan are fully considered.
3. Advising the City Forester, the Director and Commissioner-in-Charge of the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, and Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee on the preparation and contents of the annual Forestry Division budget request.
4. Considering and making recommendations to the City Council pertaining to:
a. Proposed amendments to this Title;
b. Heritage Tree nominations; and
c. Other City bureau budget proposals that may substantially affect programs relating to trees and the urban forest.
MEMBERSHIP & TERM
Members will serve without compensation for terms of 4 years and may be reappointed for one additional consecutive term.
The Urban Forestry Commission meets from 9:30am to 11:30am on the third Thursday of each month at City Hall. In addition, each member is expected to serve on one subcommittee. The expected total time commitment, including outside preparation for meetings, is about six to eight hours per month.
Bureau host: Parks & Recreation
Contact: Brian Landoe, 503-504-0836