Tree Advisory Panel (TAP)

About the Tree Advisory Panel (TAP)

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation established the Tree Advisory Panel (TAP) in January of 2009 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 Rebecca Koetter, 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

When vacancies arise, they will be posted here!

If seats are open, apply by completing an application form and returning it to the Department of Parks and Recreation-Forestry, Attention Adam Strehlow.  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.

TAP Application Form

Tree Advisory Panel Members

Ward 1: Vacant Ward 5: Jennifer Corcoran

Saint Paul Forestry: Adam Strehlow

Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County: Gus Koutsouvas

Ward 2: Brenda Danner

Ward 6: Catherine Smith

Parks Design: Dave Ronzani

Local Business: Rebecca Koetter (Chair)

Ward 3: Greg Nayman

Ward 7: David Murphy

Parks Commission: Vacant

Tree Company: Leben McCormick

Ward 4: Emily Mumford

At Large: Jane Carlstrom

Higher Education: Vacant


TAP City Council Ward Map

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The location will be determined prior to the meeting. Contact Adam Strehlow at for meeting locations and other inquiries.