Tree Board

The Tree Board is responsible for the management of our collection of public trees. The Tree Board manages the trees that grow along the public streets and parks that lie within its jurisdiction.

Board Jurisdiction

The jurisdiction is bounded by the Ohio River on the south, the toe of the hill on the north, and the corporate limits on both the east and west. This ordinance outlines the species and sizes of trees that can be planted in public spaces, the requirements for traffic and personal safety, utility service clearances, and procedures for routine care or removal of trees when required.

Tree Management

Madison's public tree management is administered by the City Tree Board and assisted by the City Arborist, Tim Perry. The five-member Tree Board is composed of Madison residents who serve on the board without pay. Its members are appointed by the mayor. The city arborist is a city employee knowledgeable in the field of urban forestry.

The Tree Board's administration of the public tree management plan includes:

  • Ensuring proper planting procedures
  • Choosing planting sites for the 30 to 40 trees planted annually
  • Reviewing and acting upon requests for removal and pruning of street trees
  • Providing educational information on trees to citizens
  • Planning an annual Arbor Day celebration
  • Promoting public awareness of the importance of the city's trees
  • Planning and coordinating a yearly project. Past projects have included:
    • Mulberry and Second Street parking lot
    • Broadway Fountain
    • Main Street parking lot

Street Trees

A street tree is any tree growing on a public street, most often found between the sidewalk and the street. The Tree Board does not govern trees that grow on private property.

Ask Before You Act

The Tree Board governs both the maintenance of existing street trees and the planting of a new one. If you think an existing street tree near your property may require removal or pruning, contact the Street Department at 812-265-8304.

The Right Tree For the Right Place

The ordinance establishes guidelines for planting street trees, helping to ensure that trees planted today will not create unwanted problems in the future. These guidelines govern placement and type of trees to be planted as street trees. The Tree Board has developed a list of approved street trees that residents can plant in the area between the sidewalk and the street without having to ask for approval. These trees have been found to grow to appropriate sizes and to be able to withstand the rigors of growing in the urban environment. Take a look at the list of approved street trees:

  • Ginkgo 
  • Serviceberry 
  • Frontier Elm 
  • Pacific Sunset Maple
  • Zelkova
  • Chinese/Lacebark Elm
  • Dogwood
  • Red Maple
  • Red Oak
  • Goldenrain Tree
  • Sugar Maple
  • Thornless Hawthorn

If you would like to plant a species that is not on this list, please contact the Street Department at 812-265-8304.

Tree Board Members

Kathy Rohlfing
Julie Rubio
Melinda Acree
Bill Barnes
Theresa Strohl
Tim Perry

For more information, please contact the Madison Street Department at 812-265-8304.


  • 6 p.m.
  • Second Thursday of every month
  • City Hall Council Chambers
    101 W. Main St.
    Madison, IN 47250