Tree Canopy Legislation
Stay informed about the legislation that helps grow our urban canopy.
Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act of 2016
Enacted May 2016
This Act protects more trees in the District, increase fees for special tree removal permits and improves how Tree Fund dollars can be spent.
Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002
Enacted January 2003
The District’s Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002, also known as the Tree Bill, was enacted to counter canopy loss by establishing a permit process to remove Special Trees (trees 55 inches in circumference or larger) and established a Tree Fund to pay for planting replacement trees.
Transportation Reorganization Act of 2014
This bill proposed expanding the Urban Forestry Administration’s mission to include trees on all city-owned property, but was not voted on by the D.C. Council.
Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014
Enacted July 2014
This bill amended the Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002 to require all monies added to the Tree Fund be used for replanting, not for maintenance. Casey Trees advocated for this improvement.
Urban Forestry Administration Reorganization Act of 2011
The Urban Forestry Administration Reorganization Act of 2011 would have strengthened the Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002 (Tree Bill) and boosted District efforts to achieve its 40% tree canopy goal. The D.C. Council never voted on this bill.