Public Tree Components

The basic structure of a public tree management program is often codified in public and comprehensive tree ordinances.  Included in the structure is the establishment of a tree board, a statement of the community’s authority to manage public trees, a requirement that public trees be protected, and a statement of the responsibility of the owners of trees on private property to remove or prune trees that pose a risk to public health, safety, and welfare.

To explore the most common components included in ordinances that address the management and protection of public trees, click on the following links.