Tree Board Programs

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Community Education and Outreach

The City of Knoxville Tree Board distributes educational materials related to tree care and the value of trees at local events such as the Neighborhoods Conference and Earthfest. If you are interested in having the Tree Board visit your event, please contact us at 865-215-6113 

Tree City USA 

Knoxville has been designated a Tree City by The Arbor Day Foundation for the past 26 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 45 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 Kasey Krouse (Urban Forester) at 865-215-6113 by July for the upcoming fall 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, Trees Knoxville and the Knoxville Utility Board celebrate Arbor Day in November.