Commission Charter

Per Northampton Administrative Code (pdf), approved by City Council on November 20, 2014. Amended on July 14, 2016.


There shall be a Public Shade Tree Commission consisting of seven members.

Authorities and Responsibilities

The Public Shade Tree Commission preserves, protects, and promotes City shade trees. The Commission advises and assists the Tree Warden and Mayor in researching and developing plans, programs, and policies for achieving a tree canopy that supports Northampton's goals of public health, beautification, and economic and environmental sustainability, and resilience in the face of climate change. The Commission reviews and makes recommendations on ordinance and zoning regulations related to trees. It receives and reviews input from City residents, businesses, and neighborhoods on issues or concerns related to trees, makes planting and maintenance recommendations guided by industry best practices, and works to promote knowledge and awareness of the benefits of an actively managed urban forest.

The public shade tree commission is an advisory multiple-member body of the city.

Photo: Red Maple

Red Maple Tree