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 

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.

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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

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
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Who We Are. 

 Board Member  Term Expires
 Stephen Bard  July 2024
 Annabelle Sitarek (Student)  October 2022
 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 2023
 Robert Penkala  July 2022
 Holly Tylenda  July 2023

Council Liaison: Dennis Hennen
Staff Liaison: Derrick Schueller

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

2022 Meeting Dates:

  • January 24
  • February 28
  • March 28
  • April 25
  • May 23
  • September 26
  • October 24
  • November 28
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 Derrick Schueller at dschueller@berkleymich.net or 248-658-3490.
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