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Commissions & Committees

***Please Note***
The City Administrator has suspended all non-essential regular City Committee/Commission meetings beginning March 12, 2020, as a precautionary and preventive measure for COVID-19. Non-essential meetings are defined as anything not having a state or federal timeline for funding. As a result, the Tree Commission will not be meeting until further notice. The goal is to keep City employees healthy so that they can continue providing essential functions to our citizens.
Staff is currently working on the technical details of facilitating electronic meetings for the City Council and Planning Commission and that is the priority.   Once that is worked out staff will turn efforts to helping facilitate regular Commission and Committee meetings.
Vote for the 2019 Tree of the Year
Voting for the 2019 Tree of the Year is now open online at:
Voting deadline is April 30, 2020
For questions or concerns, please contact Aaron Anderson.
The Tree Commission was established by ordinance in 1983 under the authority of Ashland Municipal Code, Chapter 2.25. Generally, it is made up of  five voting members, and three non-voting members consisting of an Ashland City Councilor, a Parks and Recreation Department representative, and a Community Development Department representative. 

The Tree Commission's powers, duties and responsibilities are:
  1. To act in an advisory capacity to the Planning Commission, City Council and Planning Department Staff Advisor in the administration of the land-use planning process, with respect to tree science and requirements, landscape design and principles, locally suitable botanic species and protection of natural resources.
  2. To develop and recommend ordinances and policies for the planting, care and protection of trees throughout the City.
  3. To act in an advisory capacity to all City departments regarding tree protection, maintenance, removal on all City properties.
  4. To educate the citizenry and to promote public knowledge and understanding of the benefits of appropriate tree planting and care.
  5. Plus additional duties that can be found within Ashland Municipal Code Chapter 2.25.


Please remember that other than staff, the people listed below are volunteers working on behalf of our community and should only be contacted on matters related to their particular commission, committee or board.

Contact the Tree Commission
Established Meetings Length of Term
1983, Ordinance 2260 Thursday prior to the regular Planning Commission meeting; at 6:00 PM, 51 Winburn Way (Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month) 3 years


Name Email Title Term Begin Term End
VACANCY 1 Commissioner - Position 5 4/30/2021
VACANCY 2 Commissioner - Position 7 4/30/2022
Aaron Anderson Staff Liaison
Peter Baughman Park Liaison
Asa Cates Commissioner - Position 2 10/18/2019 4/30/2023
Cat Gould Commissioner - Position 6 1/15/2019 4/30/2022
Stephen Jensen Council Liaison 2/5/2019 12/31/2020
Christopher John Commissioner - Position 1 6/17/2014 4/30/2023
Russell Neff Commissioner - Position 3 4/21/2009 4/30/2021
Eric Simpson Commissioner - Position 4 11/6/2018 4/30/2021

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