Quincy Tree Commission

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Initial appointments are for a 3-year term. The membership of the Commission consists of the Director of Central Services and Director of Parks, all of which are Ex-Officio members, and 9 citizens. Meetings are called on the First Thursday of January, April, July, and October at 1:00 p.m. at the Planning & Development Department Conference Room, City Hall Annex; 706 Maine, Third Floor.

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Name Email Phone
Anne St. John (2015)

Todd Boyer (2017)
Tom Friye (2013)
ntfriye@yahoo.com 217-223-6490
Cathy Carpenter (2015)
cathycrc@comcast.net 217-224-3309
Rome Frericks (A-2015)
Park District
Bob Terstriep (A-2015)
terstrie@adams.net 217-224-6184
Marcia Dougherty (A-2014)
marciaanne@sbcglobal.net 217-222-3244
Corinne Duryea (A-2016)
Sarah Fernandez (A-2016)
Nate Wallen (A-2017)

Kevin McClean, Ex Officio
Central Services
kmcclean@quincyil.gov 217-228-4520
Chuck Bevelheimer
Planning & Development
chuckb@quincyil.gov 217-228-4515


The Quincy Tree Commission was formed in February, 1988. Leon Kowalski, Dick Nebe and Tim Jarvis visited Urbana, Illinois, on a fact-finding mission to celebrate the city's 10th year as a Tree City USA. Mayor Hagstrom, Janet Conover, Mike Lavery, Ray Broemmer, Dr. Raad and Bill Bergman were also consulted on the implementation of: Organized Method of Trimming of Trees. Three months later, a meeting was held with Mayor Hagstrom and CIPS to include the city of Quincy in the Tree City USA program.

On December 23, 1988, an ordinance was passed formally establishing the Tree Commission. The Commission included representatives involved in various aspects of the City:

1. Banking
2. Horticulture
3. Nursery
4. Utility
5. City
6. Park District

Initially, 150 trees were budgeted to be sold to residents for $10 each to keep up with the current tree removal rate. In 2008, the City of Quincy Tree Commission opted to decrease the amount of trees sold to 80 and increase the size of the trees planted to both encourage the public to care for the trees and to discourage tree damage.

The Tree Commission has 12 Commissioners. The Tree Commission responsibilities include: 

  1. To study, investigate and develop and update as necessary and administer arboricultural specifications and regulations for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs along streets and in other public areas subject to the provisions of §§ 91.080 through 91.095 of this code. The regulations or manual and any amendments made thereto will be presented to the Mayor and City Council and upon their acceptance and approval shall constitute the official comprehensive city arboricultural regulations for the city;
  2. To cause The Arboricultural Specifications and Regulations Manual,  and all revisions or amendments thereto to be published and promulgated and shall cause three copies thereof to be available for public inspection at the office of the City Clerk. When requested by the Mayor and City Council, they shall consider, investigate, make finding, report and recommend upon new ordinances or any special matter of question coming within the scope of these power and duties;

  3. To provide advice to the City Forester and other inspectors of the city regarding interpretation and/or enforcement of the arboricultural ordinances and regulations; and

  4. To decide appeals from any order, ruling, decision or interpretation made by the City Forester or other enforcing officer in relation to the enforcement of arboricultural ordinances and regulations, except any notice to abate a nuisance given or issued pursuant to Chapter 92 of the municipal code of the city.


In 2014 the City’s Tree Commission prepared an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management Plan.  EAB is an invasive, non-native wood boring beetle that feeds on the inner bark of ash trees. The beetle is responsible for the loss of millions of trees.  The EAB is a slender (1/2 inch long and 1/8 inch wide) metallic green beetle. The EAB larvae cause the primary damage to Ash trees, as they feed on the inner bark disrupting the tree’s ability to transport food and nutrients. The EAB has been reported in 11 states, including Illinois, and has  been found in Quincy. The goal of Plan is to apply a proactive, methodical approach to the EAB problem that reduces its impact on Quincy’s urban forest and minimizes the strain on the City’s resources. The plan can be here.

Emerald Ash Bore Management Update

The City of Quincy has inventoried 994 ash trees in the public right-of-way along City streets.  Within the city limits there are an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 ash trees located on private property.  Ash trees are susceptible to the emerald ash borer (EAB), an insect pest that has killed millions of ash trees across North America. 

The City adopted an EAB Management Plan in 2014.  The City’s strategy to address this invasive insect is to remove the largest ash trees from city streets and chemically treat midsized trees (those with trunks 10 to 25 inches in diameter).  An additional 479 smaller ash trees will not be treated.  These smaller trees will be removed from the right-of-way if they become infected. 

In June 2017 the Illinois Department of Agriculture confirmed that EAB was present in Quincy, two years after the City had begun treating street trees.  The city is treating 378 street trees by injecting the insecticide emanectin benzoat into the base of the tree.  The cost to treat each tree is about $90. 

The city removed the largest ash trees from city streets during the winter of 2017-2018.  Contractors cut down 137 street trees and City crews trees cleaned up the debris.  The cost to remove each tree averaged $309. 

EAB Field Trial

Following a recommendation by the City’s Tree Commission, the City Council agreed to try a no-cost field trial sponsored by the Morton Arboretum.  The trial will begin in May 2018 and use a biological control—a fungus—to attack EAB. 

Quincy is one of three cities in the state selected for the trial.  The trial will use vertical funnel traps placed in trees that force the borers to cross through a chamber contaminated by a parasitic fungus.  The borers then fly away to pass the fungus on to other beetles.  The insects usually die within days. 

A company named GDC Environmental will provide the traps and all materials, and students from the Morton Arboretum will install and monitor the traps.  The trial will target untreated City ash trees with trunk diameters larger than 12 inches as well as Quincy Park District trees.