Tree Board

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Member Phone Email Term Expiration
George Wheaton 541-523-1547 July 2022
Christine Howard 541-523-9011 July 2023
Lyle Kuchenbecker, Chair 541-403-0988 July 2021
Eric Wirfs 541-523-2875 July 2023
Michelle Owen 541-524-2031


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 month, please contact Courtney Ashby 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. 

Tree Care & Planting Resources

Tree Limb Clearance Requirements

Street and sidewalk tree clearance truck
Arbor Day

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.
Street Tree Planting
Basche Sage Mall July 2015
Additional Information
For more information regarding the Arbor Day Project please view the Fairground Tree Project (PDF).