The Value of a TreeRogersville Tree Board

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.

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  • Patricia Humbert (Co-Chair)
  • Barbara Combs (Co-Chair)
  • Marilyn Herndon (Secretary)
  • Lou Ann Begley
  • Jill Burdette
  • June McMakin
  • Gloria Wilson

Advisory Committee

  • Richard Van Inwegen, Area Forester
  • Tom Simpson, Regional Urban Forester – East Tennessee

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

  • Tree City USA – Rogersville first received accreditation as a Tree City USA in 2005 and has maintained that accreditation, being one of 40 cities in Tennessee to achieve that honor. The Tree City designation underscores our community’s commitment to the preservation and maintenance of its trees. For details on this program, you can visit their website. The gallery below showcases several beautiful locations in Rogersville that are made even more beautiful by trees. Many thanks to Randy Ball for providing these stunning images!
  • Arbor Day – Rogersville’s annual Arbor Day Celebration takes place in the spring. Educational materials about growing and caring for trees are provided to fifth graders at the Rogersville City School. The students participate in a poster contest, learn the proper method for the planting and care of trees, and participate in tree planting on public land. Each student receives a tree to take home and plant. For more information on Arbor Day, visit The gallery below contains images from the 2013 Arbor Day celebration. Thanks to Sarah Proffitt and Jill Burdette for the pictures!
  • Champion Trees of Hawkins County – In an effort to locate, identify and register the largest specimens of native trees in Hawkins County, the Rogersville Tree Board has undertaken a program to seek out, recognize and list those trees. The program is a way to recognize and thank residents who maintain and preserve our largest and oldest trees and to encourage residents to appreciate and care for the many trees that are native to or common in to our county. Anyone may nominate a tree. If the tree you wish to nominate is not on your property, obtain permission from the property owner prior to submitting the nomination. Nomination forms are also available at the Hawkins County Library System, the Rogersville Depot, Rogersville City Hall and at the office of the Rogersville Review. You may also print a copy of the nomination form by clicking the link below:
    Champion Tree Program – Nomination Form

Three measurements are required to determine a champion tree: (1) Trunk Circumference (measured in inches at about chest height), (2) Vertical Tree Height (measured to the nearest foot), and (3) Average Crown Spread (measured to the nearest foot). Persons wishing to nominate a tree need only submit the circumference of the tree. If the tree’s circumference is large enough, a representative of the Urban Forestry Commission will determine the other two measurements. You may find the Tennessee Forestry Division’s Art of Measuring Trees helpful in this task.

For information about Tennessee’s Champion Tree Program and to find out the sizes of champion trees in the state, visit the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s website.

  • Crockett Spring Park Arboretum – The Tree Board has worked with representatives of the Rogersville Heritage Association and the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council to achieve Arboretum status for Crockett Spring Park, located just four blocks from Rogersville’s Town Square. You can see a full listing of the arboreta in Tennessee on the TUFC websiteClick here if you’d like to view a full list of the trees located in the Arboretum.

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