Welcome to Medford, Massachusetts!

Forestry Division

Arbor Day 2012

Contact: Aggie Tuden, Tree Warden, atuden@medford-ma.gov

21 James Street
Medford, MA 02155

Phone: 781-393-2419

Fax: 781-393-2422

Hours: Varies, please call

In an emergency, after 4:00 p.m., please call 781-393-2445


The City of Medford is a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. We meet criteria each year to keep this status.The City is dedicated in their tree planting program and plants over 100 trees each year (when appropriations are available).

Usually under the supervision of a Tree Warden, the Forestry Division maintains all public shade trees in the City of Medford.

Shade trees are governed under MGL Chp. 87 Section 3 and cannot be removed unless the Tree Warden or Deputy deems the tree unhealthy and/or dead or approved through a Public Hearing. Public Hearings are requested, in writing, to the Tree Warden.

Forestry personnel, directed by the Commissioner of Public Works manages on a daily basis trimming (pruning) of right-of-way trees, removal of dead or diseased trees and stump removal. At times they will be called upon to deal with trees infested with insects and areas with poison ivy. The Tree Warden also oversees a private contractor to assist with the City crew in maintaining public shade trees.

During wind-storm emergencies, crews will work in dangerous situations in the interest of public safety. Clean up after windstorms sometimes takes up to a week, during these times the City will go around and collect the fallen limbs. Anything put out after that will be collected on Yard Waste weeks.

Reminder: Branches for yard waste collection must be in 3” long, 3” diameter and tied in bundles.

Power outages due to fallen limbs on wires residents can contact National Grid at 1-800-322-3223 or www.nationalgrid.com.

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