Tree Commission

Meetings


  • Every third Thursday of each month, at 5pm
  • La Porte Police Station, 1206 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, IN 46350

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. 
Most Recent Agenda | View All Agendas and Minutes

Commissioner Names & Terms


Nelson Slusser -- 1/1/16 to 12/31/18
Liz Kaminski - 1/1/17 to 12/31/19
Robert Gerometta - Charter Member
Margaret Dickerson - 1/1/15 to 12/31/17
Jim Vanes - 1/1/16 to 12/31/18
Darla Aldred - 1/1/16 to 12/31/18
John Doty - 1/1/17 to 12/31/19

What does the Tree Commission do?

The Tree Commission assists the City with ensuring that the urban forest remains intact and is improved over time.  The Commission is tasked with monitoring the removal, maintenance, and planting of trees within the City limits of La Porte on public right-of-way. The full duties and jurisdiction of the Tree Commission can be viewed as port of the City Code here.

The Tree Commission does not monitor trees in parks or within the Downtown Business Improvement District directly because each of these bodies takes care of their own trees.

Why are trees important?


  • We want to create a community that is inviting to the people that live or visit and trees are one way to do so.
  • Trees create shade which feels great on a hot, sunny summer day, and reduces the "heat island effect" which raises temperatures in urban areas where there is a lot of pavement.
  • Trees add value to property.
  • Also, and not a small feat, trees allow us to breathe oxygen and cleanse the air.
What kind of trees can be planted in the City public right-of-way?
The complete and updated list of accepted street trees can be found by clicking here.  Deviations from the list of accepted street trees may be accepted with approval.  Contact Tree Commission member and Engineering Project Manager Maggie Dickerson at 219.362.2327 or mdickerson@cityoflaportein.gov with any questions.

As a reminder, the accepted street tree list is only for areas that are considered to public space such as areas between sidewalk and curb (tree lawns) or along public right-of-way.  If you are not sure if a certain area where you would like to plant is a public right-of-way or private property, please contact Maggie Dickerson at 219.362.2327 or mdickerson@citylflaportein.gov for more information.

Tree Commission Favorites for Tree Lawns in La Porte, Indiana

Large Size Trees
(45'+ height or width at maturity):
For greater than 8' wide tree lawns

  • Ginkgo biloba - Ginkgo (Male Cultivars Preferred)
  • Gleditsia triacanthos var inermis - Thornless Honeylocust
  • Gymnocladus diocus - Kentucky Coffee Tree (Male Cultivars Preferred)
  • Liriodendron tulipifera - Tulip Tree
  • Platanus x acerifolia - London Planetree
  • Quercus imbricaria - Shingle Oak
  • Quercus rubra - Red Oak
  • Tilia americana - American Linden
  • Ulmus americana - American Elm (Dutch Elm Resistant Varieties Only)
  • Zelkova serrata - Japanese Zelkova


Medium Size Trees
(25' to 40' height or width at maturity):
For 7' - 8' wide tree lawns

  • Nyssa sylvatica - Black Gum
  • Ostrya virginiana - Hop Hornbeam
  • Tilia cordata 'Greenspire' - Greenspire Littleleaf Linden
Small Size Trees
(15' to 25' height or width at maturity):
For 5' - 6' wide Tree Lawns


  • Amelanchier canadensis - Service berry - single stem
  • Crataegus crusgalli - Thornless Hawthorn - single stem
  • Magnolia stellata - Star Magnolia - single stem
  • Syringa reticulata - Janpanese Tree Lilac

The Tree Commission does not recommend planting in tree lawns less that 5' wide for sidewalk safety concerns.  Also, NEVER plant large or medium trees under power lines.
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Still can't decide what to plant?  We can help!


Please contact Maggie Dickerson at 219.362.8260 or mdickerson@cityoflpaortein.gov 
if you have questions.
Arbor Day Foundation
Indiana Urban Forest Council
IDNR Tree Stewards
Trees Are Good