Medford’s tree canopy is expanding all thanks to the Forestry Division, and our residents! The forestry division is committed to sustaining the vibrant, healthy, diverse, and unique landscape of The City of Medford. Due to our dedicated efforts in tree planting, we have been named a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, continuing to plant over 100 trees each year.
The Forestry Division is responsible for maintaining trees on public ways and in public spaces in the City of Medford. Under the guidance of the Tree Warden, trees are planted, pruned, or removed, as necessary. These practices sustain our urban forest which provides critical environmental and health benefits, as well as increasing property values and cost savings to the City of Medford and its constituents.
Medford adheres to “right tree, right place” philosophy, which is highly recommended by the National Arbor Day Foundation and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (MA DCR), among other federal and local agencies. The goal is to plant trees, in greater numbers of species and varieties, in locations where they can grow and thrive into maturity. Diversification of species and planting of trees in appropriate locations, especially under urban conditions, will ensure success of trees and provide benefits to the community for many years, even generations, to come.
To request a new sidewalk tree, residents and business owners may contact the Tree Warden, Aggie Tuden, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by or call the DPW Office, Room 304, City Hall, (781) 393-2419. Those who request new trees should please plan on supplying water to young trees through the irrigation bags provided, for three years, to help the tree become established and thrive
For those interested in volunteering to care for and water young street trees and other new public trees, please contact www.TreesMedford.org. TreesMedford is a very active volunteer group and invites residents to check out their website for more information.
The Tree Warden in the Forestry Division is responsible for ensuring that the City adheres to MA General Laws, Chapter 87, regarding public shade trees. Under the Tree Warden’s responsibilities, other roles of the Forestry Department include:
Providing care and control of public trees through directing tree preservation, protection and planting to the Forestry Department, contractors, arborists and nurseries
Performing routine and as-needed tree inspections and submitting weekly reports
Planning and overseeing seasonal tree planting
Communicating and collaborating with NGRID, DCR, DOT and contractors regarding tree protection, removals and planting
Conducting public hearings regarding tree removals as needed
Maintaining a stump inventory, including a full report and maps provided to DPW, following a twice per year, street-by-street inventory of stumps
Organizing and overseeing Medford’s annual Arbor Day Celebration and other related programs.