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Adopt-A-Tree in 2021

The Arlington Tree Committee invites you to enroll in the 2021 Adopt-a-Tree program. This program was piloted in 2020 to provide an opportunity for Arlington residents during the pandemic to be involved in the care of our new street trees, while at the same time ensuring better survival for newly planted trees. The program allows people to search the town tree inventory for a nearby street tree (close to home, business, school, etc.) and commit to keeping it healthy by watering and tending to it during the growing season. Caring for a tree during its establishment period (first 2-3 years) significantly increases the likelihood of its survival. One of the biggest challenges the town faces in increasing town tree planting is effective tree watering. Volunteering to adopt a tree is a wonderful way to serve the community and to expand our tree canopy! 

We are pleased to report that the first year of this program was a big success, engaging over 100 individuals and families in tree care. We hope to grow the program, even more, this year. Although tree care does not begin until the end of April, we urge you to sign up now to ensure that you are able to be a part of this exciting program. Please use the map below to find a tree near you to adopt: https://www.mapsonline.net/arlingtonma/adoptatree.html.

Once you enroll in the program, you will receive instructions and occasional watering reminders during the growing season. Feel free to spread the word to your friends and neighbors, and follow the Arlington Tree Committee on Facebook, Instagram or join our Google Group.

Thank you in advance for your help growing Arlington’s tree canopy! 

~Arlington Tree Committee  (arlingtontrees.org)

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.