Tree Commission

Spring Trees


  • 5:00 pm  on the first Tuesday of every month
  • Public Conference Room
    Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Administration Office
    501 E. Main Street
    Charlottesville, VA 22902

Agendas & Minutes


The commission has 10 members plus the City’s Urban Forester, a Planning Commission Representative, and a Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards representative who serve 3-year terms.



Current Term(*)


Donna Shaunesey
Member4/1/22 – 3/31/25
Email Donna Shaunesey
Holly Lafferty
LINR (Belmont)
4/1/22 – 3/31/25
Email Holly Lafferty
JD BrownMember4/1/23‐3/31/2026
Email JD Brown
Jean Umiker-Sebeok
CATS Representative
4/1/21 – 3/31/24
Email Jean Umiker-Sebeok
Jeff Aten, Chair
Member4/1/21 – 3/31/24
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Jeff Pacelli, Vice Chair
Member6/16/20 – 3/31/23
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Karim HabbabPlanning Commission Rep6/4/21 - 8/31/25Email Karim Habbab
Makshya TolbertMember3/22/22 - 3/31/23Email Makshya Tolbert
Steven Gaines
Urban Forester – Charlottesville Parks and Recreation

Email Steven Gaines
Susan McKinnonMember
4/1/23‐  3/31/26
Email Susan McKinnon
Tim PadalinoLINR (10th & Page)4/1/22 - 3/31/25Email Tim Padalino
Tyler MillerMember4/1/21 - 3/31/26Email Tyler Miller

Victoria Metcalf


4/1/21 – 3/31/24

Email Victoria Metcalf


The purpose of the City of Charlottesville Tree Commission (“Commission”) is to advise and assist City Council, the Planning Commission, and City staff in the planting, protection, preservation, and removal of trees located on public right-of-ways and public property. In monitoring these public trees, the Commission strives to protect and improve the urban forest to provide better quality of life and health outcomes for City residents and to secure meaningful environmental and aesthetic benefits.

To achieve these objectives, the Commission works to enhance the diversity and health of the City’s tree canopy, educates the community about the critical importance of trees, and advocates for public and private resources and engagement. The Commission remains informed about local changes and intentions involving trees as well as plans for public lands and City infrastructure. When and where appropriate, the Commission advises on protection of trees and tree canopy on private property.

Donate to the Tree Planting Program

As stewards of Charlottesville’s legacy, Charlottesville Parks and Recreation is dedicated to enhancing quality of life in the city by providing unique programs in safe, beautiful, and resilient places. Any interested party can donate to the Parks and Recreation Department in order to protect and improve the urban forest, which provides better quality of life for City residents and provides environmental and aesthetic benefits, by preserving and monitoring all trees located on public rights-of-ways and public property.

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