Tree Board


The Liberty Tree Board’s mission is to develop and maintain the community’s trees and forest in a strong, healthy condition for today and the future. The Board advises and supports the city’s Community Forestry Program.


Established in 2004, the Tree Board is required to meet on a quarterly basis; however it typically meets at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Parks & Rec Maintenance Building at City Park.

Currently serving on the Liberty Tree Board are: 

  • Ed Bowers, Chair (Term expires 12/15/2022)
  • Helene Miller (Term expires 12/15/2023) 
  • Karen Roth Ridder (Term expires 12/15/2022) 
  • Neal Shoger (Term expires 12/15/2023) 
  • Chris Veach (Term expires 12/15/2024)

Tree City USA

The City of Liberty has been awarded Liberty Tree City USA status every year since 2004. 

A community improvement project sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Tree City USA program provides direction, technical assistance, public attention and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities across the country.  

To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet certain standards such as having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program with a budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance.

Arbor Day 2022

This year's Arbor Day was celebrated on April 29 with members of the Liberty Tree Board and students from Warren Hills Elementary School by planting trees at Place Liberte Park. Thank you to the students for taking the time to learn about different tree species and the proper technique for planting trees. Check out some photos from the event: