Lakewood City Council set to Establish New Tree Board – Volunteers NeededSeptember 09, 2019
On September 16th, Lakewood City Council will vote on legislation to establish a new body of volunteers focused on preserving and growing the City’s tree canopy. The new group, called the Tree Advisory & Education Board, will collaborate with the City on its forestry practices and educate fellow residents on responsible tree stewardship and the benefits of private property tree planting.
The idea to establish a permanent body of volunteers dedicated to the City’s urban forest has been periodically discussed by City officials for several years. In 2012, City Council convened a temporary Tree Task Force which issued a set of 19 recommendations, one being to establish a permanent board or commission dedicated to trees.
Public Works Committee Chairman, Councilmember Tristan Rader applauded members of the former Tree Task Force for their ongoing engagement with the City regarding its trees. “I am very appreciative of these individuals for staying involved and always advocating for our trees. I am pleased that Council is now poised to act on this important recommendation,” he said.
If enacted, City Council will appoint three members to the Board and Mayor Summers will appoint two members. Council President Sam O’Leary is hopeful that the new Tree Advisory & Education Board will get to work quickly. “Council is now accepting applications from residents who are passionate and knowledgeable about trees,” he said. “I am personally very excited to meet those who are willing to step forward for this opportunity,” he continued. Special consideration will be given to applicants with background and expertise in forestry or related fields.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their knowledge of and interest in trees to the Clerk of Council. Additional information about the City’ existing urban tree policies and practices are located on the City’s website at: http://www.onelakewood.com/keeping-maintaining-our-tree-canopy/
Deadline for applications is Friday September 13th at noon.
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For more information, please contact Maureen Bach, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6053.
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