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 Tree Commission

The City of Westminster is proud to be a Tree City USA having been recognized every year since 1989 by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation has also recognized City of Westminster Urban Forestry efforts by awarding the Sterling City Award in recognition of our success as a Growth Award community. For more info:

The responsibility of the Westminster Tree Commission is to:

  1. study, investigate, counsel and/or develop plans for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas;
  2. upon request of the Mayor and Common Council, the Commission shall consider, investigate and make findings, reports and recommendations on any special matter or question coming within the scope of its responsibilities;
  3. promote proper tree care to the residents and property owners in the City;
  4. coordinate and host the Annual Urban and Community Forestry Workshop.

The Commission consists of six members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. The members of the Commission must be residents of Carroll County and at least one member shall have a background in horticulture, arboriculture, forestry or a related field. The Commission has two non-voting City staff including the Director of Planning, Zoning and Development and his designee.

The Tree Commission meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:30pm. The meetings are held in the 2nd floor conference room of City offices located at 56 W. Main Street. Please contact the Tree Commission staff at 410-848-9000.

Current Tree Commissioners:

Steve Allgeier, Chair

Cindy May-West

Neil Ridgely

Richard Wilbur

Non-Voting Members:

Brian Rhoten, Forestry Activist

Steve Sager, City Planner

Eric Schlitzer, City Arborist


Minutes from the Previous Meeting (.pdf)

Westminster Heritage Tree Program



Annual Urban and Community Forestry Workshop

Landscape Manual

DNR Forest Service Roadside Tree Permit and Information


Steve Sager