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2021 Tree of the Year Nominations

Do you have a particular tree in our community that inspires you every time you see it? Every fall, the citizens of Ashland nominate their favorite tree to be selected as Ashland’s Tree of the Year. Now is the time to nominate a tree that speaks to you. Voting will take place this winter and the winner will be announced around Arbor Day. To submit a tree for consideration, visit Nominations will be collected until November 30, 2021.


***Please Note***

The City Administrator suspended all non-essential regular City Committee/Commission meetings beginning March 12, 2020, as a precautionary and preventive measure for COVID-19. 
Tree Commission meetings resumed September 2020 and will be held electronically until further notice.

Interested in applying to be a Tree Commissioner?  Commission Vacancies                                            

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 4/30/2024
Vacancy 2 Commissioner - Position 7 4/30/2022
Vacancy 3 Commissioner - Position 3 4/30/2024
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
Christopher John Commissioner - Chair  Position 1 6/17/2014 4/30/2023
Eric Simpson Commissioner - Position 4 11/6/2018 4/30/2024

Upcoming Calendar Events

Date Start End Event Description Location
12/9/2021 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Electronic Tree Commission Meeting
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December 9

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