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Legislative Authority: Ordiance Code, Chapter 94 - TREE COMMISSION

Total Members: 7

Committee Duties 

  • Act as a coordinator for programs, projects, and activities related to planting projects and the health of the tree canopy between all public and private entities.
  • Review expenditure proposals and plans for planting projects.
  • Prioritize, with the input of District Council members, proposed planting projects based on established criteria for recommendation to the Council, and, when requested, the Commission may also make recommendations on other proposed tree planting projects.
  • Formulate a recommended priority project list, including an estimated implementation cost for each item, for tree planting and canopy maintenance, and to thereafter annually review the priority project list and report recommendations to the Mayor's Office.
  • Help coordinate the maintenance of an inventory of the urban tree canopy with an emphasis on historic trees, exceptional specimen trees and other unique environmentally significant trees within the City.
  • Assist in the establishment of educational and outreach programs to encourage proper management and maintenance of trees on private property in the City;
  • Conduct research studies, collect and analyze data and prepare maps, charts, and plans for the accomplishment of its purposes.
  • Identify issues relative to the health and protection of public trees and recommend solutions to problems identified.
  • Recommend to and help develop opportunities for the City's grant writing office for grants and solicitation of donations to support the City's tree canopy.
  • Perform an annual audit of funded projects, the status of the inventory, and tree permits submitted to the City to be included in an annual report to the Mayor's Office and City Council.
  • Develop and maintain a tree canopy and existing tree inventory.
Tree Commission Administrative Procedures as of 12/18/2019

Meeting Date: Tree Committee monthly meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Ed Ball Building, 10th Floor, Conference Room 5, Jacksonville, FL 32202.  Urban Forestry Management Plan Implementation Subcommittee (UFMPI) are held approximately two weeks prior to the Tree Committee meeting. (Meeting times and locations are subject to change.)  All Citizens have the right to be heard and are allowed the opportunity for comment prior to final vote on a motion.  Those that fill out a written request or Speaker's Request to be Heard Card shall be heard prior to others who appear at the meeting.

Tree Commission Public Meeting Notice* Friday, June 28, 2024 9am

UFMPI Subcommittee Public Meeting Notice* TBA

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Tree Planting Programs

630-CITY Tree Planting Program (program description and approved tree planting list)
Level 2 Tree Planting Program (application, staff checklist, and approved tree planting list)
Level 3 Tree Planting Program (instructions, grant agreement, application, and approved tree planting list)

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Committee Members:                                                          

Name Category
NINA SICKLER DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
CURTIS HART CHAIR TREE COMMISSION COMMITTEE
CHRIS MILLER TREE COMMISSION CITY COUNCIL LIAISON
WILLIAM BURKE TREE COMMISSION COMMITTEE MEMBER
SUSAN FRASER TREE COMMISSION COMMITTEE MEMBER
JOHN MOSCARILLO TREE COMMISSION COMMITTEE MEMBER
ALDEN HOWELL TREE COMMISSION COMMITTEE MEMBER

Contact Staff:

Name Position Phone Email
JONATHAN COLBURN URBAN FORESTRY MANAGER 904-255-4324 jcolburn@coj.net
JUSTIN GEARHART CITY ARBORIST 904-255-4327 jgearhart@coj.net
JOSE REGUEIRO ACCOUNTING 904-255-5258 jregueiro@coj.net
SHANNON MACGILLIS OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL 904-255-5097 smacgillis@coj.net
CHARLES HAYES EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 904-255-4299 kennethh@coj.net

Tree Commission Meeting Agendas and Minutes:

Urban Forestry Management Plan Implementation Subcommittee (UFMPI) Agendas and Minutes:

  • January 2024 - No Meeting
  • February 2024 - No Meeting 
  • March 2024 - No Meeting
  • April 2024 - No Meeting
  • May 2024 - No Meeting

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