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Tree Advisory Panel


Saint Paul 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, the University of Minnesota, and Friends of the Parks and Trails of Saint Paul and Ramsey County.

Currently chaired by West 7th resident Jen Gehlhar, the TAP convenes once a month and has undertaken many major activities such as: addressing green infrastructure opportunities on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit, educating the public about the emerald ash borer (EAB), establishing the Landmark Tree Program, and encouraging the public to care for trees

Mission Statement
The Saint Paul Tree Advisory Panel's mission is to serve as a link between Saint Paul Forestry 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 the 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 studies of emerging threats and those threats that affect its viability.


Tree Advisory Panel Members

Ward 1
Dustin Ellis
Ward 5
Jon Schmidt

Saint Paul Forestry
Zach Jorgensen

Friends of the Parks and Trails of
St. Paul and Ramsey County

Jeanne Weigum

Ward 2
Christine Soutter

Ward 6
Jonathan Heaton

Parks Design
Dave Ronzani

Local Business
Audrey Matson

Ward 3
  Gloria Zaiger

Ward 7
 Rebecca Koetter

Parks Commission
Erick Goodlow

Tree Company
Leben McCormick

Ward 4
Barb Spears

At Large
Jen Gehlhar (Chair)

Tree Company
Andy Hovland

University of Minnesota
Eric North

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Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m. The location will be determined prior to the meeting. Contact Zach Jorgensen for meeting locations and other inquiries.

Next Meeting: September 10, 2015 at Oxford Community Center, 270 Lexington Parkway North    

Contact the Tree Advisory Panel by email at

Visit the Tree Advisory Panel website at

Follow the Tree Advisory Panel on Facebook for information about trees, treecare, and events

City of Saint Paul Tree Advisory Panel Contact:

Zach Jorgensen




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