Valdosta Tree Commission
The Valdosta Tree Commission was formed by the Valdosta Mayor and City Council in 1984 for the purpose of regulating the planting, maintenance and removal of trees and shrubs in public places, providing for the pruning and removal of trees on private property which endangers public safety, and to generally improve the general welfare and health of the people of the City by promoting informed management of the City's urban forest. The Tree Commission recommends changes to the City's Tree and Landscape Ordinance, initiates and implements planting projects, and conducts educational programs regarding the importance and value of trees as part of the City's infrastructure. Individuals with a professional position, training, education, or an exhibited interest in the management of the City's urban forest can be members of the Tree Commission.
The Valdosta Tree Commission consists of ten (10) members as follows: Eight (8) members shall be appointed by Mayor and Council of the City of Valdosta and two (2) City of Valdosta employees shall be designated by the City Manager to serve as ex-officio members. The members appointed by Mayor and Council shall be residents of Lowndes County, and the original respective terms of the members were as follows: (1) One member for one year, (2) Two members for three years, and (3) Four members for four years. Thereafter upon the expiration of such terms, successors shall be appointed for a term of four years by the Mayor and Council. Vacancies caused by death, resignation or otherwise, shall be filled for the unexpired term by Mayor and Council. View the 2018 Tree Meeting Schedule.
- Amy Hall (Vice Chair) - Term Expires 09/06/24
- Mishonne Shealy - Term Expires 09/06/24
- Brent Moore - (Secretary) Term Expires 09/06/24
- Jacob Eckwahl (Chairman) - Term Expires 09/06/22
- Starr Page - Term Expires 09/06/22
- Monica Haynes - Term Expires 09/06/23
- David Nelson (Treasurer) - Term Expires 09/06/23
- Kerry Watts - Term Expires 09/06/23
- James Dean, City Marshal
- Kevin Jenkins, Arborist
- Angela Bray, Arbor Division Manager
Meetings of the Valdosta Tree Commission are held on the second Monday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Annex Building located at 300 North Lee Street in the Engineering Department Conference Room, 2nd floor. View the 2021 meeting schedule.
Interested in Serving
Any City resident interested in serving on the Valdosta Tree Commission should submit a completed General Membership Application and a signed Code of Ethics Form to Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, located in the City Manager and Mayor's office in City Hall, 216 East Central Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31601.
For more information, please contact Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, at (229) 259-3503 or E-mail or contact Jacob Eckwahl, Valdosta Tree Commission Chairman, (229) 247-4333 or E-mail. For more information about the Arbor Division, please contact Angela Bray, Arbor Division Manager, Engineering Department, at (229) 259-3530 or E-mail.
300 N. Lee Street