Tree Board

What is the Tree Board?
The Tree Board assists the City Manager and Public Works in developing comprehensive tree management and preservation programs for the city. The Board also serves as a clearinghouse for information on trees. 

The Tree Board consists of nine members, one of which may be a City Council member. Each member serves a three-year term, except for the Council member, who serves a one-year term. The director of the Public Works Department serves as an ex-officio member of the Tree Board.

The Trees of Berkley, Michigan, USA:  A Guide for Community Residents

To see our Berkley Tree Guide CLICK HERE BUTTON 

To see our 2023-2024 Tree Board Status Report CLICK HERE BUTTON 

This tree guide was developed under the direction of Dr. Asia Dowtin of the Michigan State University Department of Forestry and compiled by urban forestry research assistants Corinne Carpenter, Indya Hunt, and Jared Shaffer. It is intended for use by the City of Berkley’s Tree Board and community residents who will engage in ongoing initiatives related to the stewardship of Berkley’s urban forest.

Prohibited Species of Public Trees
In order to promote native plant species diversity and to prevent the loss of habitat due to the spread of naturalized non-native plant species, please click here for a list of prohibited trees

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Choosing Resilient Trees for Tomorrow's Urban Environments
In March 2024, we were fortunate that Lawrence Sobson from the Department of Natural Resources came to the Berkley Public Library to share his presentation. If you're interested in his presentation, click here to view a recorded version that was previously hosted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy!

Tree Bike Tour
Tree with Bike

The Berkley Tree Board and Berkley Area Slow Roll are partnering together for bike ride tours in our neighborhoods to discover the diversity of City Street Trees in our little urban forest. 

Weather permitting, join us on Mondays at 6 pm at the Berkely Public Library. This event is for all ages, but children must wear their bike helmets. Please click here for more information. 

Did You Know How to Properly Mulch Your Tree?
Spring is slowly unfolding and gardeners are itching to get outside to prepare the soil for the growing season. One ritual is to mulch the beds. Mulching can provide nutrients to the soil and help retain moisture.

However, the City of Berkley Tree Board wants to stress: Do not create a mulch volcano around your tree! 

Click here to learn why mulch volcanoes are bad for trees. 
Mulch volcano picture for Facebook

Urban Tree Canopy Study
An Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) assesses how much of a defined geographic area is covered by trees’ crowns. 

The objective of a UTC assessment is to help decision-makers understand their urban forest resources to establish canopy goals and to strategically focus tree-planting efforts and resources. The UTC Study utilizing satellite data assesses the entire urban forest within a geographic area and includes all private and public trees. 

To view the study CLICK HERE BUTTON

Who We Are. 

 Board Member  Term Expires
 Stephen Bard   July 2024 
 Lisa Fritsch  July 2024
 Margaret Grassa  July 2024
 Kathleen Karlis (Chairperson)  July 2024
 Robert Lathrop  July 2024
 Michael Leneway  July 2024
 Tricia A. Losey  July 2026
 Gary Elrod  July 2026
 Holly Tylenda  July 2024
 Student - Vacant  

* 1 Student Vacant Position Opening *

Council Liaison: Dennis Hennen

Staff Liaison: Shawn Young

When Can You Attend a Meeting?
Meeting Time: 7:00 PM
Meeting Location: 2nd Floor Public Safety Conference Room, 2395 Twelve Mile Road

2024 Meeting Dates:

  • January 22
  • February 26
  • March 25
  • April 22
  • May 28
  • September 23
  • October 28
  • November 25
All board meetings are open to members of the public to attend.

Click here for agendas & minutes. To view the enabling legislation surrounding the Tree Board, click here. Questions or comments for the board can be directed to DPW Director Shawn Young at or 248-658-3490.

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