Thanks to the combined efforts of the Arlington Tree Committee and the Town’s Forestry Division, Arlington has received a $15,000 Urban & Community Forestry Challenge Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for the creation of a Town-wide public street tree inventory covering roughly 100 miles of Town roads. Data will be collected on the diameter, species, health (including pest infestations), and precise location of existing trees and potential tree planting sites. The inventory will be performed by volunteers and paid interns and made available to the public. The data will be used to develop a forestry management plan for the Town’s public street trees.
“Having a complete inventory of public trees will be instrumental in a successful forestry management program and helps the Town maintain its Tree City USA status,” said DPW Director Michael Rademacher. “The plan will also assist the Town to spend the generous donation left by John F. MacEachern.”