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1/15/2020: Climate Change and New England Forests

Jan. 15 Science for the Public
Presents: Effects of Climate Change on New England’s Forests

Temperatures in New England and are projected to increase by 9 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100. The increase in temperature will lead to a smaller winter snowpack and increased frequency of soil freeze/thaw cycles, which may damage trees and decrease the ability of our forests to sequester carbon and serve as habitat for some animals and microbes. Dr. Pamela Templar, Professor of Biology at Boston University established the Climate Change Across Seasons Experiment (CCASE) at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire to determine the effects of these changes in climate on the health of northern hardwood forests and implications for water and air quality. This program is made possible by a partnership with Science for the Public. Wednesday, January 15, 7:00-8:30 pm, Robbins Library Community Room

2019 Community Tree Canopy Program


The Arlington Tree Committee has embarked on a subsidized tree-planting program made possible with funds from the Town of Arlington’s Trees Please Fund.  This program is managed by the Arlington Tree Committee, and is not related to ongoing street tree planting managed by Arlington’s DPW.

When you plant the right tree in the right place, it can help improve air and water quality, manage storm water runoff, sequester carbon, provide shade to buildings and streets, and make neighborhoods more enjoyable. It’s a win for you and the town!

Available trees


  Northern Red Oak

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

  • Fast-growing tree
  • Splendid red fall color and acorns
  • Tolerates pollution and compact soil
  • Grows to 60-75′, with 35’ spread



Eastern Redbud (Cercis Canadensis)


  • Rosy pink flowers in the spring
  • Heart-shaped leaves and 2-3” pods
  • Full sun or light shade
  • Grows to 20-30′, with 30’ spread



Cost:   $65 delivered.

Red Oak, arrives in a 7 gallon container (retail value with delivery of $150)

Redbud, arrives in a 5 gallon container (retail value with delivery of $200)


Delivery Date: Friday, May 10th for Oaks, Tentative delivery Wednesday May, 22nd for redbuds. Trees will be delivered by New England Nurseries. You will be provided with planting instructions and exact delivery date after submitting payment.


Spring 2019 Eligibility:

  • Arlington homeowners or businesses
  • Recipient must be willing to plant and water tree
  • Planting location: on private property, preferably within 20 feet from street or sidewalk
  • Trees available on a first-come, first-served basis



Arlington’s new Tree Management Plan

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)

Citizen Training – Identify Emerald Ash Borer

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.

For more information on EAB – http://www.emeraldashborer.info/.   And please see How to Identify EAB.

If you see EAB in town, please notify the tree warden immediately tlecuivre@town.arlington.ma.us

Any questions, please email the Arlington Tree Committee: ArlTreeCmte@gmail.com


Urban Forestry: Scientific American. U.S. Cities Lose Tree Cover Just When They Need it Most

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.

American Chestnut restoration

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/


Arlington completes town tree Inventory after receiving $15K grant

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.