Urban Forestry Commission

The City of Asheville, realizing that trees have a profound effect on the quality of life in the community, deems it necessary and desirable in the interest of public health, safety and welfare to enact an ordinance for the preservation, planting, replacement and removal of trees without denying the reasonable use and enjoyment of real property.

The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the planting of new trees and shrubbery; to vigorously encourage the protection of existing trees and shrubbery, including their root systems; to regulate the preservation, replacement and indiscriminate removal of trees and to establish procedures for fulfilling these purposes.


Regular Scheduled Meetings

The Urban Forestry Commission meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month. For an Alternative Compliance request, please see the Schedule and Application below. 

Notice:  The next meeting of the Urban Forestry Commission is scheduled for February 1, 2022. The meeting will start at 1:00 p.m., and will be held virtually.


  • Watch live stream on the Engagement Hub or the City’s YouTube Channel 
  • Call toll-free to listen to the meeting on your phone: Call 855-925-2801 Meeting Code: 9256 and follow the prompts to join the live speaker cue.


Please visit the Urban Forestry Public Engagement Page to confirm which public input options are available for specific meetings. 

  • Voicemail public comments: Please call: 855-925-2801 Enter Code 9256. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes. 
  • Written public comments, please see meeting specific email on the Engagement Hub, or general email here.
  • Live Call-in: Please check the Urban Forestry Public Engagement Page to confirm live call-in is available for the specific meeting.

NOTICE: The agenda commenting period will be closed at 5:00 p.m. the day before the meeting. All public comments will be sent to the committee prior to the meeting but may not be read aloud.



Chair: Amy Smith – asmith.eco@gmail.com
Vice Chair: Patrick Gilbert – gilberts0924@gmail.com
Council Liaison: Kim Roney – kimroney@avlcouncil.com
Other Members: Roy Smith, Stephen Hendricks, Perrin de Jong, Dawn Chavez, Ed Macie, Cecil Bothwell, Sharon Sumrall




Agendas and Documents




December 7, 2021 Agenda December 7, 2021 Documents YouTube Recording 12/07/2021
November 2, 2021 Agenda November 2, 2021 Documents YouTube Recording 11/02/2021
October 5, 2021 Agenda October 5, 2021 Documents YouTube Recording 10/05/2021
September 7, 2021 Agenda September 7, 2021 Documents YouTube Recording 09/07/2021
August 3, 2021 Agenda August 3, 2021 Documents Audio Recording 08/03/2021
July 6, 2021 Agenda July 6, 2021 Documents YouTube Recording 07/06/2021
June 1, 2021 Agenda June 1, 2021 Documents YouTube Recording 06/01/2021
May 4, 2021 Agenda May 4, 2021 Documents YouTube Recording 05/04/2021
March 15, 2021 Agenda March 15, 2021 Documents YouTube Recording 03/15/2021
February 23, 2021 Agenda February 23, 2021 Documents YouTube Recording 02/23/2021
January 19, 2021 Agenda January 19, 2021 Documents YouTube Recording 01/19/2021
November 16, 2020 Agenda November 16, 2020 Documents YouTube Recording 11/16/2020
October 19, 2020 Agenda October 19, 2020 Documents YouTube Recording 10/19/2020
September 21, 2020 Agenda September 21, 2020 Documents YouTube Recording 09/21/20210
August 17, 2020 Agenda August 17, 2020 Documents YouTube Recording 08/17/2020
July 20, 2020 Agenda July 20, 2020 Documents YouTube Recording 07/20/2020
June 15, 2020 Agenda June 15, 2020 Documents YouTube Recording 06/15/2020
March 16, 2020 Agenda March 16, 2020 Documents N/A
February 17, 2020 Agenda February 17, 2020 Agenda Audio Recording 02/17/2021
January 21, 2020 Agenda January 21, 2020 Agenda Audio Recording 01/21/2021


Review and Resource Documents


2019 Asheville Urban Forestry Commission Annual Report

Urban Tree Canopy Study – (October 2019)

Tree Canopy Protection Ordinance (Article 19) Training Videos

Alternative Compliance Schedule for Year 2022

Alternative Compliance Landscape Request Application 2021


Contact Information


Nancy Watford



Updated 01/11/2022