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City's Tree Board
Urban Forestry - Trees in Knoxville
Community Education and Outreach

In partnership with the USDA Forest Service and Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry, the Knoxville Tree Board created an educational display and is able to distribute educational materials related to tree care and the value of trees. The Tree Board has visited local events such as the Dogwood Arts Festival Home & Garden Show, Earthfest, University of Tennessee Blooms Days, and local farmer's markets with the display in the past. If you are interested in having the Tree Board display at your event, please contact us at 865-215-3504.

Tree City USA

Knoxville has been designated a Tree City by The Arbor Day Foundation for the past 22 years. In order to become a Tree City, a city must have:

1. A Tree Board or Department
2. A Tree Care Ordinance
3. A Community Forestry Program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
4. An Arbor Day observance and proclamation

There are 39 Tree Cities in Tennessee.

Street Tree Planting Program

Every year, the city plants between 400 and 500 trees (1.5-inch diameter) along city streets and throughout city parks, in downtown and along boulevards. If you would like to request trees for your neighborhood, please call Jeff McCarter (City Arborist) at 865-215-6008 by September for the following year’s spring planting. Click here to see a PDF guide for appropriate trees to request.

Tree Board members also work with the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission to develop plans for street-tree planting efforts in different sections of the city.

Arbor Day Celebration

The City of Knoxville Public Service Department, City Tree Board and the Knoxville Utility Board celebrate Arbor Day in April. Click here to view photos from a past Arbor Day Celebration.







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