Land-use webinar to focus on benefit of tree ordinances

October 13, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — How municipalities can utilize municipal tree commissions and subsequent ordinances to support community development pertaining to open space in the community will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Presenting the 75-minute webinar from noon to 1:15 p.m. will be William Elmendorf, Penn State professor of community and urban forestry.  “Municipal Tree Commissions and Tree Ordinance: Do They Support Community Development?” is part of the Penn State Extension’s Winter/Spring Land-use Webinar series.

"Pennsylvania municipalities can create municipal tree commissions that can assist the community in managing trees in public spaces," said Elmendorf. "These municipal tree commissions can develop street and park tree ordinances that address hazardous/nuisance trees on public and private property, permits needed to plant trees, and tree-planting lists."

This webinar will discuss the police power that pertains to municipal tree commissions as well as enabling legislation that creates the commissions. It will include an introduction of common sections of street and park tree ordinances including purpose, creation of tree commission, hazardous/nuisance trees on public and private property, permits, violations and enforcement, arboricultural standards and tree planting lists.

A contrast between municipal street tree ordinance and other types of environmental ordinances will also be provided.

Other topics and dates in the webinar series include (all of these programs are recorded and available for viewing):

— July 19:  "Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool"

— Aug. 16: "PennDOT Connects: Aligning Transportation Planning with Land Uses and Community Vision"

— Sept. 20: "Renewable Energy for Municipal Authorities"

— Nov. 15: "Public-Private Partnerships for Municipal Recreational Facilities"

The cost of the webinar series is $40 for all five, and $75 for all five for those who want to receive certification-maintenance credits from the American Planning Association or National Society of Professional Engineers.

In addition, registered landscape architects can receive continuing education credits for a fee of $45.

For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at To register for the webinars, visit the website.

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Last Updated October 31, 2017