Our original model tree ordinance, presented in 2014 and representing months of careful research and discussion, has since been through a number of revisions in consultation with the Mount Vernon Planning Board, as well as thorough reviews by the city’s law department.
Most recently, CitizenTree and the City Council Finance and Planning Committee have conducted a line by line review of the revised proposed ordinance to prepare this final draft.
This ordinance is urgently needed to protect our city’s suburban character, property values, quality of life, and overall health.
Trees perform important functions – offer a haven for birds, provide shade, subdue noise, control soil erosion and flooding, absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen.
Recent surveys have demonstrated that a tree canopy is a critical factor in lower income, densely populated neighborhoods, where the absence of trees denigrates air quality and is linked to high rates of asthma and other health issues. A recent tree survey of Mount Vernon clearly demonstrates this phenomenon.
Mount Vernon, once known as The City of Trees, is currently losing trees at an alarming rate. The destruction of our remaining trees can only be prevented by legislative action of the City Council.
As an important voice in the community, your endorsement of the ordinance will help us achieve passage. We would welcome a letter of support and would be pleased if you would join us when we speak at upcoming City Council meetings.
Mount Vernon CitizenTree
Eveline Feldmann and Marlene H. Wertheim
Please submit any letter of support to Savethecedartrees@gmail.com by August 28th, 2020. Thank you.