The Tree Board has many duties; they study, review, evaluate and make recommendations regarding landscaping activities in parks within the public right of way adjacent to streets and in other public areas. Included in those activities is the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs.
Each Tree Board volunteer has committed to serving a three year term on the board.
The meetings are held once a quarter, please contact the Public Works Administrative Assistant at 541-524-2047 for more information.
Silvers Street Tree Grant
Interested in planting a tree or maybe two? The Baker City Public Works Department currently has grant funding available to assist property owners or renters with the cost of planting street trees at their property. A street tree is a tree which is generally located between the sidewalk and the street and is located within the public right-of-way. Please contact Courtney Ashby at 541-524-2047 for more information.
The Baker City Public Works Department and the Tree Board put on an Arbor Day Poster Contest in April 2022. The theme for 2022, “Give a Tree a Friend” wasinspired by the well-known artist Bob Ross: “You know me, I think there ought to be a big old tree right there. And let’s give him a friend. Everybody needs a friend.” -Bob Ross.
Winners were selected by the Public Arts Committee with the winning posters presented in the window of Ryder Brothers on Main Street.
Tree Limb Clearance Requirements
2016 Arbor Day Project
Arbor Day was celebrated this year by Tree Board volunteers, property owners and other community volunteers. Six trees were planted on the west side of Main Street in our historic downtown area. In preparation for the project, a Public Works crew enlarged tree wells from 4'x4' to 4'x8' in size and root barrier was installed. The root barrier will encourage the tree roots to grow further down below the surface of the adjacent sidewalk and street. The electrical boxes were also upgraded at each tree well. Many of the trees planted during the Main Street reconstruction in the '80s have reached the end of their life cycle. The Tree Board has identified the downtown area as a priority when reviewing future street tree projects.
2015 Arbor Day Project
Baker City Tree Board volunteers and store owners planted five street trees on May 1, 2015 to celebrate Arbor Day and Baker City's 30th year of being recognized as a Tree City USA! Trees were planted within sidewalk tree wells fronting Baker City Copy Ship & Mail, Cody's, Charley's Ice Cream Parlor and the Baker City Food Co-op.
Tree species included Spring Snow Crabapple, Carpinus Columnar Hornbeam, and Tilia Redmond Linden.