Tree Board's Mission

Our Board encourages community residents to plant trees so that future generations may enjoy the benefits of reduced pollution, a more beautiful city, increased habitat for wildlife, and the conservation of energy from the natural air conditioning and wind protection that a diverse tree cover provides.

Decorah Tree Board

Board Members

  • Scott Timm, Chair
  • Mark Faldet
  • Peter van der Linden
  • Dick Guilgot
  • Drew Pellett
  • Tina Hall
  • Brent Parker


City Forester: Sam Hogenson

Tree Board:

Extension Service:


Iowa Urban Forester:

DNR District Forester:

  • 515-228-6611

Resource Conservation & Development:

  • 319-864-7112

Planting Trees in Decorah

You need a permit from the City Forester to plant a tree in the right-of-way in the City of Decorah. The reason is to avoid hazards for motorists and damage to underground service facilities.

Before digging, you must contact IOWA ONE CALL at 1-800-292-8989 to find out whether there are underground service facilities on the site you choose. The City Forester can help you do this.