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 a 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.  

Tree planting on private property occurs when landowners are willing to support public shade tree programs by providing permission for municipally-funded trees to be planted and maintained on private property bordering public ways and places. Tree wardens, municipal tree boards, or other committees can enter into a written agreement with the landowner that outlines what both the landowner and municipal volunteers or officials will (and will not) provide for the tree. Ensure that a written agreement includes the rights and responsibilities of both the landowner and the municipality, a duration for which the agreement will exist, and how agreements can be extended.

Examples of tree planting agreements with private landowners

Existing Vermont Municipal Tree Ordinances and Policies