A Certified Arborist has a level of knowledge about trees and tree care and has passed an exam developed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Some Certified Arborists have more extensive knowledge from their years of experience working with trees, through continuing education, and through degrees and certifications earned in related fields.
Tree ordinances are important for protecting the community forest and public safety. These municipal regulations provide authority over trees, define responsibilities, offer guidance to residents and establish minimum standards for a community’s tree program. Most tree ordinances are focused on publicly-owned trees such as street trees, park trees and trees in public spaces.
Tree ordinances are a tool that help local officials implement community forestry programs. They provide guidance to residents, developers, landscape architects, utilities and private contractors when it comes to trees.
Washoe County’s Parks & Open Space staff are responsible for maintaining public trees in County parks.
City of Reno
City of Reno has a tree protection ordinance in Chapter 18.12, Article V of its municipal code. A provision in City of Reno’s tree ordinance requires anyone working within 10 feet of publicly-owned trees contact the City’s Urban Forester prior to any digging.