Tree Board

Walk around Salida and you’ll see an abundance of trees, from silver maples and American elms casting leafy shade over city streets to tall spruces in parks, and crabapples in yards blooming in clouds of pink blossoms in spring. Yet Salida wasn’t always a tree-shaded place. Historic photos show trees only along the Arkansas River and larger streams.

Salida’s urban forest was planted and nurtured by the people who settled here beginning in the late 1800s. Their choices of trees reflect those species that could survive the dry, windy climate.

Today, thanks to the buffering effect of the existing forest and to new tree varieties, our choice of species is larger.

The Tree Board for the City consists of a minimum of three members appointed by the Mayor. All must be citizens and residents of the City.

This volunteer board, representing the City of Salida, oversees the portion of the urban forest planted on city property, including trees in parks and “street trees,” which are those trees planted in the space between sidewalks and city streets.

Salida Tree Board Members:

  • Marilyn Moore, president & secretary
  • Diana Smith, treasurer
  • Tom Jacobson, member-at-large
  • Jill Flodstrom, member-at-large
  • Kathryn Hardgrave, Colorado State Forest Service tree board advisor

Board members serve two-year terms. The Tree Board chooses its own officers, makes its own rules and regulations, and keeps a journal of its proceedings. A majority of the members represents a quorum for the transaction of business. Interested individuals may attend meetings but will not vote.

The Tree Board is responsible for proposing a written annual work plan that includes recommended practices and associated costs for the care, preservation, trimming, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of street and park trees.

The Board works with the Public Works Director prior to presentation of the proposed annual work plan to the City Council to ensure said plan does not conflict with ongoing and/or proposed City activities. Upon its acceptance and approval by City Council, it constitutes the official comprehensive tree plan for the City. The City Council will attempt to follow, as closely as possible, the plan submitted by the Tree Board.

The Tree Board, when requested by the City Council, will consider, investigate, make findings, report and recommend upon any special matter of question coming within the scope of its work.

More complete details about the Tree Board are defined in Chapter 2, Article XIII of the Salida Municipal Code.

City ordinances related to trees are found in Chapter 7, Article VII and Chapter 16, Article VII of the Salida Municipal Code.

Meeting Documents

10-10-2017 Minutes
09-12-2017 Minutes
08-08-2017 Minutes
07-11-2017 Minutes
06-13-2017 Minutes
04-11-2017 Minutes
03-14-2017 Minutes
02-14-2017 Minutes
01-17-2017 Minutes
12-13-2016 Minutes
11-08-2016 Minutes
10-11-2016 Minutes
09-13-2016 Minutes
08-11-2016 Minutes
07-12-2016 Minutes
06-14-2016 Minutes
04-12-2016 Minutes
03-08-2016 Minutes
02-09-2016 Minutes
11-10-2015 Minutes
10-13-2015 Minutes
09-08-2015 Minutes
08-11-2015 Minutes
07-14-2015 Minutes
06-09-2015 Minutes
05-12-2015 Minutes
04-28-2015 Special Meeting Minutes
04-14-2015 Minutes
03-10-2015 Minutes
02-10-2015 Minutes
01-13-2015 Minutes
12-09-2014 Minutes
11-11-2014 Minutes
10-14-2014 Minutes
09-09-2014 Minutes
08-12-2014 Minutes
07-15-2014 Minutes
06-10-2014 Minutes
04-08-2014 Minutes
03-11-2014 Minutes
02-11-2014 Minutes
01-14-2014 Minutes
12-10-2013 Minutes
11-12-2013 Minutes
10-08-2013 Minutes
09-10-2013 Minutes
08-13-2013 Minutes
07-09-2013 Minutes
06-11-2013 Minutes
04-09-2013 Minutes
03-05-2013 Minutes
02-12-2013 Minutes
01-08-2013 Minutes