The Lafayette Tree Fund, Inc. was established in 1993 by charter members Arlan Stavnheim, Rob Galbraith, Orvin Lindell, David Lahr, William H. Baugh; Johanna Downie, and Rosie Lerner. Joni Heide, city forester, was the advisor.
Arlan Stavnheim served as president from 1993 until 2006. In 1999 Belinda Kiger became the new city forester and advisor. Larry Rose served as president from 2006 until 2012. During that era, the name of the organization was changed to Tree Lafayette and a new logo was adopted. On May 9, 2009, we planted the 1,000th tree since we began. In 2013 Gail Brock was elected president and served until July 2014. Jonathan Fisher was elected to serve as president until the end of 2014. In 2015 Denise Coogan was elected president. On March 30th of 2015, Belinda Kiger retired. Arbor Day 2015 was held at Jefferson High School and we planted our 2,000th tree. The new city forester Leanne Wells was hired by the city in June 2015 and became an advisor to the board. Matt Green was elected as president in 2016. Leanne Wells left Lafayette in autumn of 2016. On January 1, 2017, Tim Detzner became the new city forester and advisor to the board. Larry Rose stepped down as Executive Director in 2017 and Bill Arthur was appointed to the position of Executive Director. Gene Kroeschen was elected as President of the Board in January 2019. Earth Day 2020 was held on 7th Street for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Bill Arthur stepped down as Executive Director in December 2020. Barry Bruce was elected as President of the Board in January 2022 and Gene Kroeschen was appointed as Executive Director. Arbor Day 2022 was held on Underwood Street for the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day. In the fall of 2022, we planted our 4,000th tree. Tim Detzner retired in January 2023. In February 2023, Kris Brown became the new city forester and advisor to the board.
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