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The Shade Tree Council consists of seven members serving two year terms,
interviewed by the Council and recommended to the Board of Supervisors.
The Council meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the
Carson City Hall Capitol Conference Room. Staff Liaisons are Roger
Moellendorf and Vern Krahn, Parks and Recreation.

Membership List

Lee-Ann Keever - Chair
Gianna Marie Shirk - Vice Chair
Carole Brewer
J. Kyle Horvath
Terrill (Terri) Ozawa
Carol Roberts
Roy Trenoweth


The Shade Tree Council ordinance establishes policies, regulations and standards necessary to ensure Carson City will realize the benefit provided by its community forest. Some of the provisions of this ordinance are: establish and maintain tree cover on public and private lands; maintain public trees in a safe and healthy condition; establish appropriate diversity in tree species; and promote conservation of healthy trees.


The goals of the Carson City Shade Tree Council are to preserve, maintain and enlarge Carson City's Urban Forest. The Council members meet these goals by 1) promoting tree cover on public and private lands; 2) promote the maintenance of public trees in a safe and healthy condition; 3) promoting appropriate diversity in tree species; and 4) promoting the conservation of healthy trees in Carson City.

The Council's goals are met through outreach programs such as the Fall Tree Care Seminar, the Annual Arbor Day Celebration and participation in the Tree City USA Award Program. The Council may also meet its goals through interaction with other governmental agencies, private businesses and non-profit organizations.

At the Fall Tree Care Seminar, the benefits of a community forest and its care are presented to Carson City's citizens and tree care professionals. The seminar instructors are certified arborists and landscape specialists from both the private and public sectors. Seminar topics are presented through class room instruction and hand-on demonstrations. Participants receive continuing education credits for attending the seminar.

The Council conducts an annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony on the last Friday in April. This celebration is designed to promote public awareness of the many benefits trees provide to the community. A tree is planted in a public setting such as a park, city library or recreation area. The Council presents the George Washington Ferris award to the individual, organization or business who, the Council feels, most protected or championed trees in Carson City during the preceding year.

Through the efforts of the Shade Tree Council, the city annually receives the Tree City USA Award and Tree City USA Growth Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation for its participation in the Tree City USA Program. The Tree City USA Program provides direction, technical assistance, public attention/awareness, and national recognition for the many urban and community forestry programs throughout America. The Council members work hard throughout the year to ensure that the city meets the four criteria designated by the National Arbor Day Foundation in order to receive these awards.

Typical Duties

  • This council advises the Board of Supervisors on all tree related issues
    involving public, commercial, industrial, business and residential
  • They also do training seminars, Arbor Day events and special tree
    related projects.

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Last updated: 7/15/2008 9:04:10 AM