Forestry

The Town's Urban Forestry program consists of: periodic inspection and trimming of all public shade trees, tree removal and planting activities, roadside brush, brook and culvert maintenance. A properly maintained urban forest can lead to increased property values, amelioration of unsightly views leading to town beautification, and reduced heating/cooling bills.

At present there are minimum Town-sponsored tree planting efforts. With nearly 50 trees being removed each year due to insect/disease or decay, and none being replanted, large open spaces suitable for new trees are available.

Requests for trimming or removal of public shade trees must be submitted to the Town's Tree Warden for approval of the Board of Public Works under M.G.L. Chapter 87.

Research information on Public Shade Trees (PDF) and the Town's requirements.

In April, 2013 the Board of Public Works voted to elect Raymond Stack as Town Tree Warden.