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Forestry Council
 The Forestry Council is responsible for the administration of a comprehensive community tree management plan that it has developed for public-owned lands within the city.  This is accomplished by preparing an annual work plan which addresses tree planting and tree care such as fertilizing, mulching, pruning, and removal of dead and hazardous trees.  The council also sponsors tree care workshops conducted by the West Virginia University Extension Service and/or WV Division of Forestry to which the public is invited. 

Current Forestry Council Members

Fred Williams, Chairperson - Dave Harper, Councilman
Neil Litton, Forester - Bill Waters, Member - Fancis Fry - Member

The Summersville Forestry Council was established in November 2004.  Forestry Council Members serve without compensation.  They meet quarterly or as often as needed.  The council is comprised of five voting members who are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council as follows:

    1 Tree Steward (professional forester) 
    1 Member of the Summersville City Council        
    2 residents of the City of Summersville
    1 Student


Study, investigate, council, and develop and/or update annually, and implement a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and other public areas.  The annual plan of work is submitted to the Summersville City Council and upon their acceptance and approval, constitutes the comprehensive tree plan for the City of Summersville. 


The Summersville Forestry Council shall assist in the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of the Tree Ordinance, and for recommending new and modified  rules and regulations governing the planting, maintenance, removal, fertilization, spraying, pruning, bracing of public trees, emergency procedures, stump removal, and the use of insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides and sale/disposal of wood products on the streets or other public sites, and shall oversee the planting, maintenance and removal of trees growing or planted in public areas of the City of Summersville.

    The Summersville Forestry Council shall:
•    Supervise or inspect all work done under a permit issued in accordance with the terms of the city ordinance.
•    Coordinate the formulation of a comprehensive tree plan in cooperation with the Mayor and the Summersville City Council

•    Develop an Urban Tree Specifications and Standards of Practice Manual by which all work shall conform.  The document shall be updated and amended as needed

•    Investigate available grants, loans or contributions from other governmental agencies, public or privates corporations or individuals

For additional details on the authority and power of Forestry Council see City Tree Ordinance Section 4.

 Summersville Forestry Council 2014 Plan of Action

Summersville Forestry Council 2013 Accomplishments -

View the many improvements to our community were made by the Summersville Forestry Council in 2013.

Municipal Tree Restoration Program  -

The Municipal Tree Restoration Program(MTRP) is a cooperative effort among the West Virginia Division of Forestry, Allegheny Power Company, Appalachian Power and communities across West Virginia to address issues between trees and utility lines.

Choosing & Planting Trees

Current Fire Danger Conditions

Benefits of Tree Mulching