Tree Commission

TREE COMMISSION MISSION STATEMENT, Adopted 9/20/2021

The Salem Tree Commission was established by the Salem Tree Ordinance Chapter 43 – Trees in 2019.  Members are appointed by the Mayor and the City Council and serve three-year terms.  Its mission is to address matters involving Public Street Trees and Protected Trees on private property that are specifically designated by the Ordinance.

The Commission works with the Tree Warden to:

  • Promote the protection, planting, and maintenance of these trees,
  • Retain Salem’s status as a “Tree City USA” community,
  • Hear appeals when applications for the removal of Protected Trees have been denied,
  • Advise petitioners who wish to remove either Public or Protected Trees in advance of a public tree hearing with the Tree Warden.

Please refer to the City of Salem Code of Ordinances, Chapter 43 -Trees for further information regarding Public and Protected Trees.

Public meetings of the Tree Commission and the Tree Warden are held on the third Monday of the month at 6:00 PM via Zoom.  The link to the Zoom meeting may be found in the most recent Tree Commission Agenda located in the right sidebar.

Board Members

NameTitleTerm
Darleen Melis

Chair

05/23/2025

Kirt Rieder

Vice Chair

05/23/2025

Naomi Cottrell

Member

05/23/2025

Paul L'Heureux

Member

07/18/2025

Rachel McCarter

Member

07/18/2025

Susan Yochelson

Member

07/18/2025

Member

06/27/2025

Member

06/27/2025

Member

06/27/2025

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