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.
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
PO Box 26313
Knoxville, TN 37912
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:
Notification can also be submitted electronically at: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/hotline