Board of Directors

Trees Knoxville grew out of the convergence of the shared community and the Knoxville Urban Forestry Division’s interests in growing an urban canopy in Knoxville. A presentation to the Knoxville Tree Board in December 2014 led to the quick formation of a committee involving members of the tree board and several interest groups to assess the need for a tree foundation. The committee recommended that a nonprofit be formed to support the city and county’s efforts to preserve and enhance the urban forest.

Officially formed in 2015, Trees Knoxville is modeled itself after other tree organizations found in cities across the nation. Trees Knoxville received 501(c) (3) status in March 2017 and has become a vital bridge between the citizens of Knox County and all activities involving trees across the county.

Trees Knoxville works closely with the City’s Urban Forestry Program to increase trees on public and private properties.

Jim Richards, Patience Melnik, Michael Pauley, David Dunn, Joyce Feld, Kasey Krouse, Louise Gorenflo, Ben Nanny, Rachel Beasley, Gordon Corker, Caesar Stair, Mike Perry, Tom Welborn, and David Lee.

Jim Richards, Patience Melnik, Michael Pauley, David Dunn, Joyce Feld, Kasey Krouse, Louise Gorenflo, Ben Nanny, Rachel Beasley, Gordon Corker, Caesar Stair, Mike Perry, Tom Welborn, and David Lee.

The Trees Knoxville board is a network of various community organizations and leaders that share a common vision of growing our urban forest: arborists, tree care and landscaping professionals, climate protection advocates, and dedicated volunteers and is further enhanced by a network of tree advocates within Knox County stormwater program, Knox County schools, and neighborhood associations.

Rachel Beasley, Beasley Landscape Architects

Gordon Coker, Benefield Richters, Retired

David Dunn, Cortese Tree Specialists

Joyce Feld, Scenic Knoxville

Mike Fowler, Ross / Fowler Landscape Architecture

Louise Gorenflo, Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light, Secretary

Kasey Krouse, City of Knoxville

David Lee, University of Tennessee, Retired

Patience Melnik, City of Knoxville

Michael Pauley, Knoxville Utilities Board

Mike Perry, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Jim Richards, Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Axel Ringe, Sierra Club, Treasurer

Caesar Stair, Retired

Tom Welborn, Trees Knoxville, Chair


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IS THE LAW

Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits federally assisted programs from discriminating based on race, color or national origin. Trees Knoxville requires that its services and programs be offered to all eligible person regardless of race, color or national origin. Should you feel you have been discriminated against, please contact:

Tom Welborn, Title VI Coordinator
Trees Knoxville                                                                                                                                      
PO Box 26313
Knoxville, TN  37912
865-356-0470
treesknoxville@gmail.com

Complaint Form Link

REPORT STATE, LOCAL FRAUD TO COMPTROLLER

Citizen are encouraged to report fraud, waste or abuse in State and Local Government by The Tennessee State Comptroller.

NOTICE:  This organization is recipient of taxpayer funding.  If you observe any person directly connected to this organization engaging in any activity related to its nonprofit work which you consider to be illegal, improper, or wasteful, please call the state Comptroller’s toll-free Hotline:

1-800-233-5454

Notification can also be submitted electronically at:  http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/hotline