Urban Forestry Commission moves forward

Received this notice from neighbor:

Does Richmond Need a Citizen Tree Commission?
Information about Ordinance 2009-174

Council representative, Chris Hilbert, has introduced an ordinance to establish a citizen tree commission to be called the Urban Forestry Commission, to reflect the broad vision for the group. The purpose is to improve the City’s urban forestry resources through policy development, advise, education and fundraising. Key responsibilities include:

Serve as an advisory body to Council regarding legislation and policies regarding public trees.
Facilitate the development and passage of a tree maintenance and management plan for City-owned trees.
Assist with public relations and education programs to increase public understanding of urban forestry issues.
Conduct fundraising for city tree projects.

Members will be appointed by City Council and the Mayor and will include persons with expertise in areas such as tree care, urban forestry, and landscape design. Other members may include individuals with business interests and citizens interested in the beautification and well-being of our city.

Commissions in other localities in Virginia increase awareness of the critical role that trees play in our green infrastructure. They help shape policies and procedures that have long term impact on the livability of a city.

Yes, Richmond needs an Urban Forestry Commission to help maintain and improve our urban forest and to work towards a goal of increased tree canopy. We need a group with vision to help guide priorities based on the value of trees for all citizens and neighborhoods.

Please ask your Council Representative to support the establishment of a citizen Urban Forestry Commission. Come to City Council on Monday, October 26 at 6 pm — Wear GREEN to show your support! Thank you!!!

To reach the office of the City Clerk call 646-7955. Contact information for City Council members can be found by clicking here.

Prepared by the Friends of Urban Forestry. For further information, call Alli at 782-1170 or email allialligood@verizon.net