Norris Tree Commission
Commission oversees the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees on all city lands and road right-of-ways, except for the
Norris Watershed. Major activities of the Tree Commission
include the following:
- Honor Tree Program (Click for further
- Tree City USA Certification and Arbor Day Celebration
- Tree Maintenance
- Garden Maintenance
The Tree Commission
normally meets on the last Monday of the month at 7 PM at the community building. It does not normally
meet in June, July, or December. The public is invited to attend the meetings.
Tree City USA Certification and Arbor Day Celebration
Norris has been designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation each year since 1979. Norris was the first city in the
state to receive this certification. In order to become a Tree City USA, a city must have:
The Tree Commission conducts an annual Arbor
Day Celebration at Norris Elementary School in early March. Clinton Utilities Board and the Tennessee Division
of Forestry actively participate in this celebration. CUB donates and plants a tree in the city in the
name of an honoree selected by the Tree Commission. TDF donates tree saplings which are distributed to
students. In recent years, the school has held an Arbor Day poster contest, and the winning students receive
gifts from the Tree Commission.
The Tree Commission oversees the care of trees
on city property and road right-of-ways, except for the Norris Watershed. The Tree Commission ordinance
(see above) specifies requirements for “street trees” - trees and other woody vegetation on land road right-of-ways.
In recent years the commission has been treating eastern hemlock
trees on city property to combat their recent infestation by the hemlock wooly adelgid. Unless treated, hemlocks
can die within 3 or 4 years of being infested by the adelgid. Many hemlocks on residential lots in Norris are
also infested by the adelgid. Click here for information on detecting and treating the adelgid.
The Tree Commission has been treating hemlocks with an imidacloprid root drench. Several Norris homeowners have been treating their hemlocks
with the readily available Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub Protection insecticide which contains imidacloprid.
Always follow the label directions when using any insecticide.
|Hemlock twig infested with hemlock woolly adelgid
|Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Archive, CAES, Bugwood.org
The Tree Commission discourages the planting of “invasive”
trees, shrubs, and vines in the city. Invasive plants are those that are not native to the Norris area
and have the potential to spread and harm natural communities. Problem invasive plants on public, residential,
and commercial property in Norris include the following:
- Trees: tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima ), princess tree (Paulownia tomentosa)
- Shrubs: privet (Lingustrum), bush honeysuckles (Lonicera),
burning bush (Euonymus alatus), multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora), autumn olive (Elaeagnus
umbellata), and mahonia (Mahonia bealei).
- Vines: kudzu (Pueraria
montana), oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus),
and English ivy (Hedera helix).
Although it is not highly invasive in the Norris area, the Tree Commission discourages planting Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana) trees.
See http://www.tneppc.org for more on invasive plants in Tennessee.
Click here for information on landscaping with native
plants and landscaping alternatives for invasive plants.
The Tree Commission maintains decorative flower
- Friendship Garden - located in the traffic circle at the intersection of East Norris, East Circle, and Dogwood roads
- Artman Flagpole Garden – located in town center in front of
Benchmark Physical Therapy / Hensley Happenings Grill
- East Norris
Entrance Garden – located at the corner of East Norris and Highway 61
- Foster Garden - located on West Norris Road, in memory of Grace and Al Foster
- West Norris Entrance Garden – located at the corner of West Norris and Highway
The Norris Tree Commission was established by Norris City Council in the early 1960s at the request of several interested
citizens. It was first named the Beautification Committee; within a few years this name was changed to
the Civic Improvement Committee. The committee established a newspaper and can recycling program in the
1970s. The proceeds from this effort supported the new honor tree program. In
1978, to support efforts to have Norris designated a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation, Norris City Council: 1) changed
the Committees name to Tree Commission; 2) passed a community tree ordinance (see above); 3) established an annual budget
for the Commission; and 4) issued a proclamation observing Arbor Day. The Arbor Day Foundation designated
Norris a Tree City in 1979.
Current commission members
Chuck Nicholson, Chair
If you are interested in being a member of the Tree Commission, contact the City Office.