Tree Advisory Panel (TAP)

About the Tree Advisory Panel (TAP)

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.

Open Seats

The Saint Paul Tree Advisory Panel is currently seeking applicants to represent the following member seats:

  • Council Ward 1
  • Council Ward 5
  • Council Ward 7
  • Local Business

To apply complete an application form and return it to the Department of Parks and Recreation-Forestry, Attention Cy Kosel.  Individuals interested in representing one of the open Council Ward Tree Advisory Panel Seats should reside within that Ward to be considered.  Members serve a two year term and meet on the second Thursday of each month.  Applications will be accepted until the vacancy is filled.

TAP Application Form

Tree Advisory Panel Members

Ward 1: Vacant Ward 5: Vacant

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: Rebecca Koetter

Parks Design: Dave Ronzani

Local Business: Vacant

Ward 3: Gloria Zaiger

Ward 7: Vacant

Parks Commission: Erick Goodlow

Tree Company: Leben McCormick

Ward 4: Barb Spears

At Large: Jen Gehlhar (Chair)

Tree Company: Jonathan Heaton

University of Minnesota: Eric North


Ward Map

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.