Tree Commission

Avon Lake’s Tree Commission was established in 1994 to advise Council, the Urban Forester (fka Municipal Arborist), the Planning Commission and the Mayor on matters concerning the establishment, care and disposition of trees and shrubs on all City managed properties, including tree lawns. The Commission encourages all property owners to help protect and grow healthy trees and shrubs to support an urban forest that will provide long-lasting benefits to all of Avon Lake’s residents and visitors.

Follow the other links for information regarding the Arbor Day Foundation and Avon Lake’s efforts to continue its status as a Tree City USA (2022 marks 29 years and counting!).

The FAQ page has more about Avon Lake’s rules, regulations, and programs concerning trees. Follow the Resource links below for information regarding urban forests, tree selection and care and the Arbor Day Foundation.

If you are interested in being a volunteer and a part of the Tree Commission, please forward a Letter of Interest and a brief resume to

Commission Members


  • Terry L. Robison, Chair
  • Michael Thain, Secretary
  • Amanda Ortiz Byrnes, Representative to the Parks & Recreation Commission


  • Urban Forester (vacant)

Council Representative:

  • Jennifer Fenderbosch

Meeting Times & Locations

Meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month in the Old Firehouse Community Center. Minutes of previous meetings and agendas to future meetings may be found HERE.


Arbor Day Foundation- Tree City USA

International Society of Arboriculture - Trees Are Good

Tree Selection and Care

Tree Commission Monthly Tips


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