REPORT OF THE TREE WARDEN 2009
I am pleased to report on the tree management and activities of the Tree Warden for 2009. This year the Town celebrated its twentieth anniversary as a “TREE CITY USA,”
from the National celebrated with the
Arbor 4th and
Day Foundation. 6th grade classes
To receive this award, Arbor Day was at Burgess Elementary School. Several 4 th
grade classes learned about tree care. seedling, prepared and bagged by 6 th
In addition, all grade students.
students were given Fourteen new trees
a Blue Spruce were planted.
The Town also received its 12th Growth Award from Foundation. I would like to thank Old Sturbridge Village for the state wide “Tree City USA” awards ceremony in Town.
the National Arbor allowing the Town to
Tree planting continues to be a goal of this office. Any resident who would like a tree planted along their street, please contact the tree warden, and as funding becomes available, trees will be planted.
Work continues on addressing the tree maintenance plan. The following streets had trees removed or trimmed this past year: Brookfield, Holland, Cedar, Clarke, Fiske Hill, Fairview Park, Arnold, New Boston, McGilpin, Charlton, Wallace, and Leadmine Rd. In addition, National Grid conducted line clearance services in the Fiske Hill and Holland Road areas. In total, 58 trees were removed and 198 trees were pruned or trimmed.
I continue to provide consultation to the Planning Board and Town Planner in matters relating to subdivision and site plan review. Administration of the Scenic Road bylaw has resulted in an increase of effort and time by this office. This bylaw has exposed weaknesses in other bylaws used to protect trees in the Town. I support the efforts of the
Town Administrator and Town Planner in undertaking a review of this area. enforcement of the Scenic Road bylaw resulted in one hearing for the removal of trees. Under MGL chapter 87, one hearing was held, resulting in the removal of trees. Under these two bylaws, five new trees were required to be planted.
The five two
The newly formed Tree Warden Advisory Committee started work on the updating of the street tree inventory. The previous inventory software program was no longer supported, and resulted in the need to start a new inventory program and data entry. The Tree Warden Advisory Committee report is filed separately. I look forward to working with the Committee in continuing and improving a sound tree management policy for the Town.
You can now read about proper tree care and tips to beautify and maintain your yards, as I now write a monthly article “Around the Yard” which appears monthly in the Sturbridge Times magazine mailed to all residents of Sturbridge. There are timely topics on tree and yard care, and lawn and garden maintenance tips.
As always, if any resident has a question on trees and their care, please give me a call or send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Respectfully submitted, Thomas A. Chamberland, Tree Warden