Tree Board

Regular Meetings

  • 5:30 p.m.
  • 1st Thursday of each month
  • Memorial Room
  • City Hall

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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  • John Snell, Chair 
    Term expires: Feb 2019
  • John Akielaszek 
    Term expires: Feb 2019
  • Steve Bailey 
    Term expires: Feb 2019
    Term expires: Feb 2019
  • Abby Colihan 
    Term expires: Apr 2018
  • Sarah Hoffmeier 
    Term expires: Feb 2019
  • Jeff Schumann 
    Term expires: Feb 2019
  • Lynn Wild 
    Term expires: Apr 2018
  • Cassandra Hemenway 
    Term expires: Feb 2020
The Tree Board is comprised of 9 members, citizens and city residents appointed by the City Council for a period of 3 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.)

About the Tree Board

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.

Duties & Responsibilities

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.

We have vacancies on the Tree Board!

If you love trees, consider joining us! You don't need to be an expert, but willing to learn and help shape, literally and figuratively, the urban forest of Montpelier. We meet for one hour every month to review and plan, and then we schedule 2 three-hour workdays each month depending on what needs to be done. We also work closely with the Montpelier Parks Department on our shared missions. We have fun together and we make a big difference in the City with plenty of room to make an even bigger difference in the future. Planting and caring for trees is a wonderful act of faith in the future.

The Montpelier City Council is seeking individuals interested in filling 2 three-year seats, and the remainder of an unexpired 3-year term on the Tree Board; said term will expire in February of 2019 on the City’s Tree Board. If you are interested, p
lease submit a letter of interest and resume by noon on Monday, April 3rd, 2018, to the City Manager’s Office, City Hall - 39 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602, or via e-mail to  City Council will make this appointment at their Wednesday, April 11th meeting; applicants are encouraged to attend.  All municipal meetings are accessible to people with disabilities and are held in accordance with the public meeting and public records laws.  Questions:  262-1118