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Thank you for Adopting a Tree this summer

Dear 2020 Tree Adopters:

We want to take a moment to THANK YOU for being a vital part of Arlington’s 2020 Adopt-A-Tree pilot program. We can see the success of the program just by visiting the many healthy young trees in town. We received a lot of positive feedback about the program and are pleased that we were able to engage individuals, families, and even current high school students eager to participate in community service opportunities. We hope that you too enjoyed participating. We were touched by the names given to the trees: Treeadore, Ubuntu, Cherry Oh Baby, London P. Lane, Oakey, Leif – to name a few. Together we helped care for over 105 trees throughout town, providing each with the water needed to get off to a healthy start, amidst an extremely DRY summer.  As we said at the beginning of the season, your help is key to improving the health of our urban tree canopy and to increasing the lifespan of the trees in our town. We are so glad you were willing to help. 

We encourage you to water 1-2 times before December 1 when we end all watering efforts until spring. Tree bags (unless damaged) should remain on the trees until next season. You will hear from us in the spring as we gear up for next year’s Adopt-A-Tree program; we hope you will consider providing care again next season.  

As we plan for next year, we would love to receive feedback on this year’s program. Joys? Challenges? Any watering tips that you want to share? What can we do to make the process more successful? Was communication sufficient? Could you have used more frequent updates from the Tree Committee? Please send feedback (and any photos) to us by reaching out directly to the Arlington Tree Committee at  ArlTreeCmte@gmail.com.

To keep in touch with the Arlington Tree Committee, we encourage you to follow the Arlington Tree Committee on Facebook or Instagram or join the Friends of Arlington Trees Google group by sending a note to the Arlington Tree Committee ArlTreeCmte@gmail.com. To learn more about trees in Arlington visit the Arlington Tree Committee website: arlingtontrees.org

Have a restful winter knowing that you have played an integral role in our town tree stewardship. We are so grateful!

SOLD OUT 2020 Community Tree Canopy Program

The Arlington Tree Committee has embarked on its fourth year of a subsidized tree planting program made possible with funds from the Arlington Department of Public Works’ Trees Please Fund.  To request a tree see 2020 Community Tree Canopy Program

Read Arlington’s 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.

Use your ears to ID trees!

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.

Arlington’s New Community Tree Canopy Program

The Arlington Tree Committee has embarked on a subsidized tree planting program made possible with funds from the 2012 John F. MacEachern Bequest. The target area for this spring’s pilot program is East Arlington (Hardy and Thompson school districts) because of its sparse tree canopy. This program is managed by the Tree Committee and is not related to ongoing street tree plantings managed by Arlington’s DPW.
Available tree: White Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), 4-5 ft.
Cost: $50 (retail value with delivery of $150)
Delivery Date: April 29, 2017 (tentative)
See the Spring 2017 tab on this website for more information on the program or to order your tree.

Fossilized forest reveals sunspot activity 290 million years ago

Scientists can determine past changes in the sun’s magnetic field by analyzing tree rings. Now German scientists have shown that tree rings in petrified trunks from fossilized forests can be used to reveal dat about the sun’s cycles from eons ago. Data obtained from the petrified forest of Chemnitz, which was  buried by a volcanic erruption 290 million years ago, showed tree ring growth patterns similar to those caused by modern sunspot activity. Below is an artist’s impression of what the Chemnitz forest looked like.