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Tree Commission

Chillicothe Tree Commission
Phone: 740.772.5626

E-mail: tree@chillicotheoh.gov

Office Hours: 8a-4:30p (M-F)

Address: 35 S Paint St. Chillicothe, OH 45601
Meeting Information:
The Chillicothe Tree Commission meets the third Tuesday of every month at 4:00 PM. Please contact tree@ChillicotheOH.gov for meeting location, which varies each month. The meeting is open to the public. 

Tree Ordinance:
The Chillicothe Tree Commission adhers to Chillicothe Codified Ordinance 907.

Inspection Request:

Trees growing along the public streets and ways are the responsibility of the property owner. However, the City reserves the right to provide care, maintenance, removal and replacement along the public streets and ways. No person or contractor shall plant, remove, prune, or treat, any trees growing along any public streets or ways, without obtaining a public tree permit from the Safety Service Director, per Chillicothe Codified Ordinance 907. To obtain a tree permit, please feel out the linked Application Form. A public tree permit is free.

Members

Members serve under codified ordinance - Chapter 136. Each staggered term is 3 years. There are 9 members. 7 are appointed by the Mayor. An ODNR Urban Forester sits on the commission in an ex officio capacity. The commission is administered by the City Parks Director and City Safety/Service Director. Tree Commission Members inspect, plant, prune and remove trees throughout the City on City Right of Way (ROW) and City parks. 
Tree Commission Members

ReLeaf:Check back in Spring 2025 for more information.

Memorial Trees

Those interested can pay tribute to lost loved ones while also replanting our City Parks. All trees are planted in the spring or autumn following your order. The Chillicothe Parks and Recreation Department and Chillicothe Tree Commission will work with the applicant to find a permitted location and approved tree species. Applicants will be charged for the cost of the tree with a supplemental $75 planting fee (labor, equipment, and material). Loved ones are welcome to the site at the time of planting but attendance for the planting is not necessary. Once planted, the City will assume the maintenance of the tree. The applicant will receive a personalized certificate to commemorate the tree planting. Please email tree@ChillicotheOH.gov or call 740.772.5626 for inquires or additional questions.
Memorial Tree Application

Mission StatementThe shade trees of Chillicothe are a valuable part of Chillicothe's heritage and history. The mission of the Chillicothe Shade Tree Commission is to maintain and improve the community forest of the city through the sharing of expertise, guidance and recommendations to the city administration and property owners for the protection of healthy trees, planned pruning, tree risk assessment, and planting in public right-of-ways and open spaces. In addition, the commission works to educate the public about the services that trees provide. This commitment to planting, protecting and maintaining public trees represents a long-term investment in the beauty, biodiversity and historic character of Chillicothe.

Saving Our Community ForestChillicothe's community forest is one of Ross County's greatest assets. The trees are no longer viewed as something pretty or in the way. Trees have become an imperative and effective tool to combat many local and global problems. Trees clean the air, conserve energy in buildings, they sequester carbon, absorb flood water, moderate climate extremes, muffle noise, reduce crime and all the while add color and character to Chillicothe's residential and commercial areas, and yet they are thoughtlessly removed every day.
The trees that line our streets serve many important functions including cleaning the air we breathe, shading our streets, cooling our homes, slowing storm water run-off and adding to property values among other benefits. Yet, this valuable asset is in decline. Faced with the steady loss of an aging tree population, and limited planting opportunities, we face a sizable challenge to ensure that the natural heritage of Chillicothe is maintained for future generations.

Additional Info & Links:

Tree and Sidewalks
Tree City USA
Information on the Emerald Ash Borer.
How You Can Help Be a Street Tree's Best Friend

The Chillicothe Shade Tree Commission is often in need of project and program volunteers. If you are part of an organization or just want to help yourself, feel free to reach out via phone or email.

35 S. Paint St. Chillicothe, OH 45601

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