Urban Forestry Commission


  • 5:30 p.m.
  • The 1st Tuesday of each month
  • Public Works & Recreation Facility
    304 Black Mountain Avenue
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

To request copies of agendas or meeting materials and minutes please email Tausha Millwood or contact by phone at 828-419-9300 ext. 2


The Urban Forestry Commission is an advisory commission appointed by the Black Mountain Board of Aldermen consisting of 5 members each serving 3 year, staggered terms:

  • Sheridan Hill, Chair
    Term Expires: July 2020
  • Vacant
    Term Expires: July 2020
  • Scott Abla
    Term Expires: July 2021
  • Rhea Bockhorst, Secretary
    Term Expires: July 2022
  • Rod Allan
    Term Expires: July 2020

A minimum of four-fifths of the membership shall be made up of full-time residents or persons who own property within the corporate limits of Black Mountain. The fifth member may be a resident who does not reside within the corporate limits but who does reside in the East Buncombe Fire District, but not within the corporate limits of any other incorporated municipality. The Board of Aldermen appoint membership.

Responsibilities & Purpose

The Urban Forestry Commission was established to study assist in the administration of the Town of Black Mountain tree ordinance as it pertains to advice on the regulation of tree planting, maintenance, and removal on publicly owned and maintained property within the Town of Black Mountain. 

The primary goal of the Commission is to facilitate the planting, growth, and protection of trees within the Town. The Commission focuses their efforts on fostering communication and coordination among citizens of the town in an effort to protect trees and support their health and growth within the community. 

The Commission is charged with the development and annual update of a written plan for the care of publicly planted trees and shrubs. In addition, when requested by the Board of Aldermen, the Commission shall consider, investigate, make findings, report, and recommend upon any special matter of question coming within the scope of its work.

All advisory boards and commissions are required to adhere to the policies and procedures set forth in the Board and Commissions Handbook which also includes the Code of Ethics. These documents may be downloaded below.