Shade Tree Commission
The City of Delaware Shade Tree Commission promotes the benefits of healthy city trees and vegetation. To fulfill its mission, the commission makes recommendations to the city government regarding the protection, selection, planting, and maintenance of trees within our city limits in order to advance efforts to preserve the existing urban forest. The city is enriched by gaining improved air quality, water quality, reduced energy costs, increased property values, and enhanced social condition and beauty.

The City of Delaware has an urban forest of more than 14,000 trees valued at more than $14 million.  These trees provide shade, reduce pollution, soften urban noise and provide shelter for a multitude of wildlife.Every year since 1981, the City of Delaware has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Foundation. Delaware annually meets the four standards to earn its "Tree City USA" status: A Shade Tree Commission, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance.

Shade Tree Commission Members