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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)
EAB Presentation 2018 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!
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 May 7, 2018 Scientific American article on urbanization showcased Forest Service research that found declining tree cover in cities. This decline involves a loss of about 36 million trees nationwide and $96 million in associated benefits in metropolitan areas each year.
An article in Nature says that tall timber buildings are becoming more feasible and could cut global CO2 emissions by as much as 31% increasing demand for sustainablly managed forests. An ecologist at Woods Hole describes this as “the plywood miracle.” Currently the tallest wooden building in the worlds it the HoHo Tower in Vienna, Austria.
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.