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Tree Commission

Tree planting on East Main Street during Arbor Day 2019

Chattanooga’s Tree Commission advocates for and engages community members in urban tree canopy issues. Tree Commission members represent a variety of backgrounds and professions. 

The specific duties of the Tree Commission, described in Sec. 32-303., include studying urban tree problems, educational outreach, reporting to City officials and City Council, and adjudicating tree disputes. As part of these duties, the Tree Commission organizes an annual Arbor Day volunteer tree planting event, partnering with community organizations to expand tree cover in all parts of the City.

Current members of the Chattanooga Tree Commission: 

Grace Wooten, Chair

Sally Wencel

Josh Fain


Michael Strok, Vice-chair

Craig Walker

Jay Martin

Carol White, Board Secretary

Benjamin Moore


Members serve on terms of 4 years and can seek re-appointment, for up to three consecutive terms. As of the February 20201 meeting, there was one vacancy on Tree Commission. Individuals interested in serving on the Tree Commission are encouraged to attend multiple meetings as a guests before applying, to familiarize themselves with the Commission's duties. 

Meetings are open to the public, and held the third Tuesday of each month at 4:00 pm. 
Starting in May 2021, meetings will return to the traditional location in Room 2B of the Development Resource Center (1250 Market St). The March and April meetings will be held via Zoom.

The Zoom information for these two upcoming meetings is:

Meeting ID: 872 6534 7044

Agendas for past and upcoming meetings can be accessed by clicking on this text.
Meeting minutes going back to January 2020 can be accessed by clicking on this text

Questions may be directed to the City Forester, Pete Stewart


Serve people with integrity and improve the infrastructure and environment through excellence.

Bill Payne, Administrator
1250 Market Street
Chattanooga TN 37402 (map)
(423) 643-6311  


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