Public Policy

BrandonThese resources are intended to support municipalities and citizens in understanding and developing public policies to promote, maintain, and protect community trees.

Vermont Tree Warden Statutes were adopted in 1904 and amended in 2020. This is the only existing state legislation pertaining to public tree care and tree warden responsibilities.  

Tree Ordinances and Policies Overview outlines what a tree ordinance is, the benefits of having an active tree ordinance, and the process of establishing a tree ordinance.

Tree Ordinance Guide is intended to act as a tool for Vermont communities as they consider developing a tree ordinance.

Making Your Community Forest-Friendly: A Worksheet for Review of Municipal Codes and Ordinances is a publication from the US Forest Service and the Center for Watershed Protection.  

Tree Board University is an unique online training focused on trees, people, and serving in a citizen advisory role in your city, town, or village.

Tree Ordinances is a great online tool for understanding and developing policies for trees.  

Existing Vermont Municipal Tree Ordinances and Policies