For 16 consecutive years, Forsyth has been designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. In order to qualify for this distinction, a community must meet each of the following standards: 1. Have a Tree Board, Department, or official; 2. Enact and maintain a tree care ordinance; 3. Maintain a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and, 4. Hold an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
In 1996, the Village Board trustees passed an ordinance to establish a five-member Tree Board to regulate the number and type of trees to be planted. The board monitors the maintenance and/or removal of trees and shrubs in the parks and Village property and rights-of-way. Each Tree Board member is appointed by the mayor to serve a three- year term after approval by the Village trustees. The Tree Board is composed of the following members:
- Roger Mulholland, Chair
- Judy May
- Julie Lakshmanan
- Michael Unruh
- Jeff Aubry
Public Works Director Larry Coloni serves as an ex officio member, and is highly instrumental in carrying out the Tree Board’s directives.
The Committee meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm in the Village Hall Boardroom. Meetings are open to the public.
Tree Board Meeting Packets
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