Tree Warden & Forestry Management

Responsibilities

This Highway Department program is responsible for:

  • Maintenance management of the City's estimated 12,000 street trees
  • Vegetation Management

The purpose of this program is to promote, preserve, and enhance the shade tree environment of the community through the application of best management practices and public education campaigns.

Tree Warden Responsibilities

  • Conducts frequent hazardous tree assessments
  • Prescribes treatment
  • Oversees removals
  • Participates in public hearings on issues related to trees within scenic ways
  • Routinely responds to citizen inquiries and requests for service

Legal Issues

Chapter 87: Section 3 of the Massachusetts General Law (PDF), regarding the cutting of shade trees, public hearings, and damages to fee owner, is available online.