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Tree Advisory Panel


The City of Saint Paul, Department of Parks and Recreation established the Tree Advisory Panel (TAP) in November of 2008 to serve as a link between Saint Paul Forestry and the community.  The panel consists of Saint Paul residents representing each of the City Council wards, city staff, members of the business community, University of Minnesota, and Friends of the Parks and Trails of Saint Paul and Ramsey County.

Currently chaired by Macalester/Groveland resident Gary Johnson, the TAP convenes every month. Major activities undertaken to date include: addressing green infrastructure opportunities on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit, emerald ash borer (EAB) education, the Landmark Tree Program, public engagement with tree care, and advising the Forestry Department on urban forest issues.

Mission Statement

The Saint Paul Tree Advisory Panel's mission is to serve as a link between the Forestry section and the citizens of Saint Paul to preserve, promote and enhance the urban forest of Saint Paul.


  • To communicate the expectations of citizens with regard to the urban forest
  • To assist in public education and awareness of trees and the role they play in our city
  • To review and advise Forestry on its policies, procedures and operations regarding trees
  • To assist in lobbying for resources needed to protect and enhance the urban forest       
  • To assist in setting long term goals to promote and sustain a healthy, diverse urban forest
  • To help develop strategies to address the long term health of the urban forest, including research and study of emerging threats and those things that affect its viability.

Tree Advisory Panel Members

Ward 1
Dustin Ellis
Ward 5
Jon Schmidt

Saint Paul Forestry
Rachel Coyle

Friends of Ramsey County
Parks and Trails

Jeanne Weigum

Ward 2
Christine Soutter

Ward 6
Jonathan Heaton

Parks Design
Dave Ronzani

Rebecca Koetter 

Ward 3
Gary Johnson (Chair)

Ward 7

Parks Commission
Erick Goodlow

Tree Company
Leben McCormick

Ward 4
Barb Spears

At Large
Jen Gehlhar

Tree Company
Andy Hovland


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Meetings occur on the second Thursday of every month from 6-7 PM.  The location will be determined prior to the meeting.  Contact Rachel Coyle for meeting locations and other inquiries.


Tree Advisory Panel Contact:

Rachel Coyle




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