An overview of how to develop a shade tree ordinance
Information on how to budget for a community tree program, including a budget worksheet.
Simple fact sheet about developing tree ordinances with a link to a sample ordinance
This is a comprehensive guide to assessing the tree resource needs of your community and developing and implementing an effective tree ordinance. This 181 page detailed guide provides valuable tools and examples for writing a tree ordinance, from the planning stages, through drafting an ordinance to evaluating the ordinance performance..
Two models of tree management ordinances are contained in this 21 page paper, a model for a small community and a model for a large community. The models can be used as a starting point to draft a local ordinance.
Commonwealth Court case affirming a zoning hearing board’s decision to limit the size of off-site signs to the same size as on-site signs. The court stated the, “regulation…must not be arbitrary or discriminatory, and must bear a reasonable relationship to public health, safety, welfare and morals."
Fact sheet on how to form a tree commission as one tool a community can use to create and maintain an urban forestry program.
Bloomsburg's Shade Tree Ordinance and information on their Shade Tree Commission.
Carlisle's shade tree ordinance and information on their Shade Tree commission.
Greensburg's shade tree ordinance and information on their Shade Tree Commission.
Radnor Township's shade tree ordinance and information on their Shade Tree commission.
Susquehanna Township's shade tree ordinance.
Sample ordinance from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs for the creation of a shade tree commission and the adoption of rules and standards for the planting, maintenance and removal of shade trees within the public right-of-way.
This website contains easy to use spreadsheet templates for for completing a street or park tree inventory. The templates can be downloaded in Excel or Access. The templates are easily adaptable and can be modified for the specific variables that may be found in individual towns or cities.
A 23 page preliminary guidebook designed for communities developing new, or revising older, existing urban tree ordinances. It includes a tree ordinance questionnaire, which is designed to help individuals better understand the relevant issues and questions that need to be answered when undertaking the process of tree ordinance creation.