Abilene has been a Tree City USA community for 29 years due to the efforts of the Abilene Tree Board. The Tree Board consists of 5 members who are appointed to 3-year terms. The Board is charged with:
- Educating the public on the value and maintenance of trees,
- Promote plantings on public lands and rights-of-way,
- Assist the City Forester with the administration of the tree maintenance ordinance,
- Hold Arbor Day programs, and
- Assist in the administration of the Tree Cost Share Program.
Duties of the Tree Board
Fall Cost Share Program - The City will pay 50% of the cost of a tree planting up to $75 per tree, provided the tree is planted in the parkway or that area located between a property line and street curb.
Arbor Day Program - Annually the Tree Board conducts an Arbor Day presentation and tree planting at the local elementary schools to teach children about the benefits of trees, tree planting and tree care. Since 2010, the Tree Board has given a Norway Spruce sapling to local 4th Graders through the 4th Grade Forester Program for them to take home and plant.
Arbor Day Proclamation - In recognition of the Tree Board’s efforts and the value trees add to a community, the Mayor reads and signs an annual Arbor Day Proclamation.
Tree Maintenance Ordinance - The City tree maintenance ordinance is part of the City Code and is enforced by the City Forester.
City Code, Chapter 6, Article 7 - Trees
City Forestry Standards and Specifications (PDF)
Current Members and Term
- John Barbur (Chair) 2024
- Steve Flynn (Vice-Chair) 2023
- Drew Snitker 2023
- Tim Strunk 2022
- Tony Whitehair 2023
Meeting and Contact Information
The Tree Board meets on the 4th Tuesday of every other month at 5:30 pm at the Abilene Public Library-Jordan Room 209 NW 4th Street
Find Agenda and Minutes
For more information or questions regarding the Tree Board, please feel free to contact: Jennie Hiatt