What Other Communities Are Doing

Brookhaven, Georgia has a detailed tree ordinance worth viewing. Some sections of their tree replacement rules make a lot of sense and might be something to advocate for in the developing Forest and Natural Resources Master Plan. Follow the evolution of the planning process on the County website page.


City in the Forest, CITF, is a coalition of Metro Atlanta residents advocating for better tree protection. We work together to raise awareness for improved tree protection ordinances and more balanced building practices. As our city grows, CITF is focused on a better way forward that serves all interests including the preservation of our unique urban forest. No other major U.S. city has the unique urban forest Atlanta has. At nearly 47% tree canopy, Atlanta is known as the City in the Forest. We plan to keep it that way. To learn more visit their website

See other communities’ accomplishments in creating and using remote sensing and GIS tree databases.

Town of Leesburg, Virginia News Release:  “Tree Walk of Historic Leesburg” Brochure Now Available – Learn more about the wide variety of mature native and exotic trees that line the streets of downtown Leesburg. (August 13, 2018)

“Tree Walk of Historic Leesburg” Brochure


Why this Chicago neighborhood views trees as key to health and wealth (May 31, 2018)

Arlington, Massachusetts

New York City Urban Forest

A Plan for New York City’s Forests. Yes, Forests.

DC Department of Transportation Urban Forestry Division

How (And Why) Do You Move A 600,000 Pound Tree?

Casey Trees (Washington, DC)

Casey Trees:  “Wherever we can preserve trees, we will.” Our Conservation Efforts Featured by the Chesapeake Bay Journal (February 4, 2019)

Forever Wild: Four New Conservation Easements in D.C. (October 9, 2018)

Cleveland Park Streetscape Improvement Project, Washington, DC (February 12, 2018

Thousands of trees, with the goal of a leafier D.C. (Washington Post, December 21, 2017)

Palo Alto trees

Palo Alto Urban Forest

Claremont Tree Action Group (ATAG)

Winston-Salem, NC Memory Tree Program

United Kingdom’s Considerate Constructors Scheme

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a non-profit-making, independent organization founded in 1997 by the United Kingdom’s construction industry to improve its image.

Sheffield Tree Action Groups (STAG)

Los Angeles Tree People

Los Angeles Tree People Sidewalk Action Alert 

Coral Gables, Florida trees

Virginia Department of Forestry

Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

La Cañada Flintridge is a ” Tree City USA .” The City Council has adopted  Chapter 11.40 of the Municipal Code  regarding the “Preservation, Protection and Removal of Trees”  on private property . Its stated purpose is: “…to preserve and protect the trees that are of historic or aesthetic importance, and to provide for the protection and replacement of trees in order to maintain the community’s wooded character; protect the scenic beauty of the area; reduce erosion of top soil…and to address fire concerns by discouraging the planting of…highly flammable trees.” The intent is to preserve and encourage the regeneration of a healthy urban forest. Protected private property trees may only be removed by the actual homeowner or an  arborist authorized by the City  after approval of a  Tree Removal Permit . The City has created the  Official City Tree Preservation and Protection Guidelines  (21.5 MB – may require download), also available at City Hall. In addition to the Guidelines, the  City Council has established a replacement tree chart and penalties for the illegal removal of trees . If you intend to plant around oak trees, please review this   document from the California Oak Foundation.