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Our Public Trees

Arlington currently has about 18,000 public trees which are cared for by the Natural Resources Division of the Department of Public Works.  All trees within a public way or on its boundaries are deemed to be public trees and, as such, may not be cut, trimmed or removed by anyone other than the tree warden or his deputy.  No healthy public tree may be removed without a public hearing, notice of which must be given at least seven days in advance.

PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS

TREE-RELATED REQUESTS

To request the planting of a tree, get help with evaluating a street tree, or to report a damaged tree, visit the Town’s Request/Answer Center.  You will need to create an account, if you don’t already have one.

To request the removal of a tree, please read about the process first, then visit the Town’s Request/Answer Center to place your request.

To contact the Tree Warden’s office:  781-316-3311

LINKS TO TOWN AND STATE INFORMATION

Town’s Tree Division

State laws pertaining to trees

Removing damaged branches

Arborists remove damaged branches

SCHEDULE OF TOWN’S TREE-RELATED ACTIVITIES

All Year:  Prompt removal of damaged or fallen trees that block public thoroughfares or otherwise endanger the public takes precedence over any other tree-related activity.

February:  The Tree Division orders approximately one hundred new street trees which are shipped as bare-root saplings.

Mid-April:  Trees are delivered to Mount Pleasant Cemetery and “heeled in” until planted.

Late April:  Town crews have approximately two weeks to plant about one hundred trees before the trees leaf out in May.

Year-Round: Crews remove dangerous or unhealthy street trees and tree limbs.

 

TREE INVENTORY AND VALUATION

A study was undertaken in 1998 by the Town of Arlington with the guidance of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management to assess the condition and to valuate the Town’s trees.  The results of this study are highlighted below:

  • The total estimated value of Arlington’s trees was $60,826,000.
  • The estimated 24,500 trees within 20 ft of the curb that were owned or controlled by the Town of Arlington represented 69 species.
  • The most common species was Norway Maple (40.8%), followed by Black Oak (5.1%), Hemlock (4.2%), and Arborvitae (4.0%).
  • 44.2% of all Arlington trees were in fair to poor condition.

You can read the complete report of the study results here.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ARLINGTON’S MOST COMMON AND FAVORITE TREES

To see a breakdown of the most common tree species in Arlington as found in the 1998 statistical survey, click hereFor images of some of Arlington’s trees and favorites in the community, click here.

TREE CITY DESIGNATION

Arlington has been a designated Tree City USA every year since 2005.  To earn Tree City USA status, municipalities must … Read more.

ARBOR DAY

Arbor Day is celebrated throughout the Commonwealth on the last Friday of April.  In Arlington, the DPW Tree Division distributes seedlings to children in selected grade schools in Town on a rotating basis.  Read more.

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