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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: 

Michael Strok, Chair

Christina Gibson

Rocky Chambers 

Benjamin Moore, Vice-chair

Kristina Shaneyfelt

Doug Fisher 

Josh Fain

Kristi Krause


Members serve on terms of 4 years and can seek re-appointment, for up to three consecutive terms. 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. 
The Tree Commission currently meets at the Event Space on the 4th Floor of the Downtown Branch of the Chattanooga Public Library, at 1001 Broad St.

A remote feed of the meeting will also be available through Google Meet:

Meeting ID (click or copy url below)

Phone Numbers
(‪US‬)‪+1 770-604-3374‬
PIN: ‪879 342 984#‬

Minutes for past meetings and agendas for upcoming meetings can be accessed by clicking this text.

Questions may be directed to the City Forester, Pete Stewart at


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Chattanooga TN 37402 (map)
(423) 643-6311  


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