Mayor to Create Tree Advisory Board
Wednesday November 2, 2011
Goal is to plant more trees and better care for existing ones
Citing concerns that many of Louisville’s trees are dying and diseased, Mayor Greg Fischer today formed a Tree Advisory Board to develop policies to better care for existing trees and plant new ones.
“The simple act of planting a tree – and properly caring for it – has multiple benefits,” Fischer said, standing on the grounds of Metro Hall, where he and others planted a tree to mark today’s announcement. “They are beautiful and they cleanse the air, provide shelter and shade and reduce the urban heat-island effect.”
The Tree Board will be a 12-member committee appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Metro Council. Fischer announced today that Katy Schneider, a former deputy mayor, will advise the Mayor on establishing the board.
The board, which Fischer plans to appoint before years’ end, will have several goals including:
- Advising city leaders on issues affecting Louisville’s urban forest;
- Providing input in the selection and placement of trees on all city-owned property and public developments;
- Educating the community and departments and agencies of Louisville Metro regarding the value of trees and proper ways to plant, maintain, and remove trees;
- Serving as an advocate for the ongoing renewal of Louisville’s urban forest;
- Creating a public tree fund with private donations;
- Monitoring and gathering data and publishing reports about the status of Louisville’s tree canopy.
Citizens who are interested in applying for the Tree Board should fill out the forms at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/ServeOnBoard.htm