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You may notice new orange No Parking signs affixed to some trees along Arlington’s main roads. Arlington has hired Marquis Tree Service during February and March to help with the on-going maintenance of our tree canopy. You will see about 150 trees being pruned of dead wood and about 35 trees removed which are a safety risk. Next up, Spring planting! Arlington will acquire 150 new street trees.
Arlington has a new Tree Management Plan. The Department of Conservation and Recreation has reviewed and accepted Arlington’s Plan in late 2018. Developed based on the August 2017 Town tree inventory, the town of Arlington has a Tree Management Plan, funded in part by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Urban and Forestry Challenge Grant. Thanks to Arlington’s Tree Warden, its Director of Public Works, The Arlington Tree Committee, and countless Arlington residents who helped crowd-source street tree information, Arlington now has the capabilities to manage its public trees with the new knowledge of site specific tree information. Please see: Arlington Tree Management Plan (based on August 2017 Town Tree Inventory)
The Department of Agricultural Resources’ Forest Pest Coordinator and the Arlington Tree Committee held a working session to learn about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and how to identify the invasive pest which was recently found in Waltham. Educate yourself and become a EAB spotter in Arlington!EAB Presentation 2018
Once the EAB is in Arlington, it may kill most, if not all of our ash trees.. The recent Town wide inventory identified over 900 public ash trees in Arlington.
If you see EAB in town, please notify the tree warden immediately firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions, please email the Arlington Tree Committee: ArlTreeCmte@gmail.com
A Scientific American article on urbanization showcased Forest Service research that found declining tree cover in cities (May 7, 2018) . This decline involves a loss of about 36 million trees nationwide and $96 million in associated benefits in metropolitan areas each year.
The American Chestnut foundation, in concert with other researchers, has said that although the return of this beautiful tree to our nation’s forests is on the path to success, full restoration will take longer than many people expect. For a full history of the American Chestnut, https://www.acf.org/the-american-chestnut/history-american-chestnut/
Thanks to the combined efforts of the Arlington Tree Committee and the Town’s Forestry Division, Arlington 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. The inventory was successfully completed the Summer of 2017.
The tree inventory collected data on the diameter, species, health (including pest infestations), and precise location of existing trees and potential tree planting sites. The inventory was performed by volunteers and paid interns and is 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.”
A full inventory was undertaken the summer of 2017. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped map Arlington’s trees!
For additional information about the inventory, see the Tree Inventory section of this site.
Biologist David George Haskell teaches students how to identify trees by the sounds produced by air moving through their leaves or raindrops spattering on them. “Depending on the shapes and sizes of their leaves, the different plants react to falling drops by producing ‘a splatter of metallic sparks’ or ‘a low, clean, woody thump’ or a ‘speed typist’s clatter.’ Every species has its own song. Train your ears (and abandon the distracting echoes of a plastic rain jacket) and you can carry out a botanical census through sound alone.” Full story is available in The Atlantic.