Public Shade Tree Commission

There shall be a public shade tree commission consisting of seven members.

Authorities and Responsibilities:

  • Northampton's seven-member Public Shade Tree Commission preserves, protects and promotes city shade trees.
  • The Commission advises and assists the Tree Warden and Mayor in researching and developing plans, programs and policies for achieving a tree canopy that supports Northampton’s goals of public health, beautification, economic & environmental sustainability, and resilience in the face of climate change.
  • The Commission reviews and makes recommendations on ordinance and zoning regulations related to trees. It receives and review input from city residents, businesses, and neighborhoods on issues or concerns related to trees, makes planting and maintenance recommendations guided by industry best practices, and works to promote knowledge and awareness of the benefits of an actively managed urban forest.
  • The Public Shade Tree Commission is an advisory multiple-member body of the city.
Northampton Administrative Code adopted November 20, 2014