Tree Canopy Legislation
Stay informed about the legislation that helps grow our urban canopy.
The 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.
The Transportation Reorganization Act of 2014
The revised Transportation Reorganization Act would expand the Urban Forestry Administration’s mission to include trees on all city-owned property and proposes spending 50% of Tree Fund dollars not on replanting trees. Casey Trees advocated for the former change and opposes the latter.
The Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013
Enacted July 2014
The Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013 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.
The 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.