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Auburn seeks tree lovers to join Urban Tree Board

The City of Auburn is looking for three new members from the community to add to the Urban Tree Board.

The Urban Tree Board is a seven-person commission tasked with making decisions and recommendations regarding trees in Auburn’s public spaces.

Jamie Kelly, Arts and Recreation planning and development manager, said applicants do not necessarily need to be tree experts in order to join the Urban Tree Board, “as long as they have an interest in trees and our urban forest.”

Kelly said the Urban Tree Board deals with a variety of tree-related issues including dealing with hazard trees, nominating heritage trees, issues pertaining to trees on public streets and parks as well as making decisions on the “right tree and right location” when planting trees.

The Urban Tree Board, according to Kelly, also makes it possible for the city to receive tree-related grant money for tree maintenance and developmental projects.

Members of the Urban Tree Board are appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council. Membership terms are three years and open to residents of Auburn. Meetings are held at 2:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday following the first council meeting of the month in the parks administration building at 910 9th St. SE.

To learn more, contact Jamie Kelly at 253-931-4011.

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