Rogersville Tree Board

The Value of a Tree

The Tree Board seeks to encourage proper planting of trees, to offer educational resources related to tree care and to help manage and increase the number of trees on public land.

Tree Board Members

The Board consists of seven members who are residents of the town of Rogersville and are appointed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Regular meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month at 1:00 p.m. at City Hall.

If you have any questions or comments for the Tree Board, you can email them at

Advisory Committee

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.” Source Unknown

Community Activities

Education / Information

The Arbor Day Site is an excellent place to find information on identifying, choosing, planting and caring for your trees. To explore their site, go to: For help in locating a certified arborist, go to or to

If you’d like to learn more planting trees in this area, the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council maintains a list of resources at The Johnson City Power Board also maintains a recommended tree list for planting near power lines.

Finally, TVA offers and excellent list of trees and plants native to this area. More than 140 plants native to the TVA region are featured on their site. It includes photographs and details about height, light preference, bloom time, and more.

Community Recognition

As part of its activities surrounding the Arbor Day celebration, the Tree Board give certificates of appreciation to businesses which, through plantings, exemplify Rogersville’s dedication to creating a more beautiful environment. In the coming months, we will also be featuring some of these businesses with photos on the site!

Rules / Regulations

It is the responsibility of the Tree Board to adopt rules and regulations pertaining to the tree program of Rogersville.

Rogersville Landscape Ordinance

The Rogersville Landscape Ordinance defines landscaping requirements for commercial construction in the Town of Rogersville. It is available here in PDF format: Rogersville Landscape Ordinance

Rogersville Tree Ordinance

Trees growing on public property In the Town of Rogersville are subject to the supervision of the Rogersville Tree Board; cutting or pruning of those trees must be approved in advance by the Tree Board. The Tree Ordinance is available here in PDF format: Rogersville Tree Ordinance.

Tree Cutting Permits

Ordinance No. 4-12-05-1:
1-116. Town Permit and Bond: It shall be unlawful for any person or firm to engage in the business or occupation of pruning, treating, or removing street or park trees within the town, or otherwise performing any task within the town that could reasonably be assumed to affect in any way the public trees therein without first applying for and procuring a town permit. The permit application shall be submitted to the Tree Board and shall contain a description of the intended activity, a plan for the implementation of said activity, and a description of the hypothesized affect said activity will have on public trees.

The applications for permits for such work can be found here:

Removal Application for Trees and Shrubs on Public Property
Pruning Application for Trees and Shrubs on Public Property

Restoration American Chestnut Tree - Planted April 27, 2012

Restoration American Chestnut Tree – Planted April 27, 2012