City of College Park, Maryland

Boards & Commissions

College Park Tree & Landscape Board


About    Projects   Brochures    Links


LATEST NEWS: Excelon (formerly PEPCO) is performing tree trimming and removals in your neighborhood to improve reliability and reduce outages caused by trees. If you do not want crews to trim or remove trees on your property, BE PROACTIVE and notify Excelon before crews arrive. Click here to learn more.

Get Involved:

Do you have questions or concerns about the trees
and/or landscapes within the City of College Park?
If so, let us know! Contact the Department of Public Works:

City of College Park's Department of Public Works
9217 51st Ave  • College Park, MD 20740
240-487-3590 •

The board meets monthly and meetings are open to the public,
which take place the third Wednesday of the month at
7PM at College Park City Hall. Learn more aboutthe Board here.

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 Tree and Landscape Board Projects: 

The College Park Tree and Landscape Board and/or its members are involved in a variety of
initiatives and projects throught the City. 


In the fall of 2007, the City's Department of Public Works and Tree & Landscape Board spearheaded the City’s first Tree Inventory.  According to Brenda Alexander, Deputy Director of the City's Department of Public Works, having better information about the health of the trees on city property will improve the department’s ability to budget for tree maintenance and replacement.


The City's Vegetation Management Plan outlines the current practices regarding turf maintenance, landscape maintenance and week control, and outlines how the City's Department of Public Works cares for College Park's public space landscapes, parks and tree canopy.


Permaculture   projects

The Trolley Trail Permaculture Garden is located in Berwyn and runs along Rhode Island Avenue from Greenbelt Road to Tecumseh Street. Phase 1 was launched in October, 2014 and involved volunteer planting of 94 trees, shrubs, and perennials.


Tree city USA   projects

Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day. 

Arbor day   projects

As part of its Tree City USA requirements, the Board is involved with an annual Arbor day celebration. Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care.



Brochures and Information

The College Park Tree and Landscape Board works to provide information on ecological and sustainable landscaping practices for both the College Park City Council and residents.  Below are just some of the board's ongoing activities.

The College Park Tree and Landscape Board produced several brochures on landscape-related topics of use to City residents, including:

How to Grow a Healthy Lawn

How to prune trees

How to Plant a Tree

How to Control Bamboo


Landscape Plants, a Suggested List is a guide to trees, shrubs, and other plants appropriate for the College Park area. It was prepared by the Board.



Property owners in the City of College Park are required to comply with City ordinances pertaining to landscaping and maintenance.  Learn more about them here.


Utility Pruning

PEPCO is performing tree trimming and removals in your neighborhood this year to improve reliability and reduce outages caused by trees.  Click here to learn more about resident rights and responsibilities. 


Alice Kennington Memorial Tree Fund

The Alice Kennington Memorial Tree Fund is a unique program of the City of College Park that endeavors to increase the urban forest and enhace the beauty of the City.  Click here to learn more. 

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About the Board

The Tree & Landscape Board works with the City’s Department of Public Works to:

  • Enhance the beauty of College Park.
  • Advice City staff on landscape issues within City limits
  • Ensure that the trees, shrubs, and ground covers located on public property are
    properly installed, maintained, and removed, if necessary.
  • Prevent landscape conditions that may result in injury to persons using the public ways
    and areas or damage to public property.
  • Limit the spread of diseases or pests.
  • Encourage College Park residents to adopt practices that promote and protect healthy trees, shrubs and ground covers on private land.
To learn more about the Tree and Landscape Board, see its charter in the City Code.

The Board works closely with the CIty's Committee for a Better Environment, which
addresses environmental concerns that affect the quality of life for College Park


Roots of the Tree and Landscape Board
   The TLB was founded...

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College Park City Codes (Pertaining to Tree and Landscape Maintenance)

UMD Extension - Home and Garden Information Center

Maryland Turfgrass Council

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Additional Links

US Forest Service Northeastern Area - Forest and Tree Health Publications

US Forest Service -- Urban Ecosystems & Social Dynamics (Urban Forestry)

Urban Forestry South Expo

National Arbor Day Foundation  

International Society of Arboriculture

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