TREE Committee

Purpose of the TREE Committee

The Tree Replacement, Establishment, and Enhancement (TREE) Committee facilitates and encourages the long-term health of Chelmsford's public trees. The TREE Committee is charged with developing and administering a comprehensive tree management program to guide the Town and the Committee's activities. Such activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Facilitating and encouraging the long-term health of Chelmsford's public trees and promoting native tree species;
  2. Performing tree surveys, inventories, and evaluations;
  3. Creating manuals or guidance for planting, maintaining, and removing trees from streets, parks, and other designated public places;
  4. Developing best management practices for urban forestry and silvicultural work;
  5. Working in conjunction with the Tree Warden to seek grants or other assistance concerning the preservation and maintenance of trees in Town; and
  6. Performing public education and coordination with civic groups to promote Arbor Day and other special events related to public trees.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the Committee include:
  1. Writing and updating an annual community forestry work plan;
  2. Advising the Town Manager in matters related to the care and management of Town-owned properties that contain public trees;
  3. Advising the Board of Selectmen, Department of Public Works, Conservation Commission, and other local organizations on projects and activities involving public trees in Town;
  4. Advising the Tree Warden on planting, maintaining, and removing trees from streets, parks, and other appropriate places; and
  5. Engaging in projects and activities that promote sustainable forestry and the long-term health of public trees in Town, including programs and community events.


For a list of committee members please view our elected & appointed officials page.


Tree Inventories

Master Tree Inventory 2017

Tree Inventory Maps

Useful Links:

General Plant Information

 Explore Cornell - Home Gardening - Introduction

 Good Tree selection

 Selecting Trees for Your Home - Search the Site

 The Morton Arboretum | To plant and protect trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world

Tree Identification

 What Tree Is It? HOME

Proper Tree Planting

Public Tree Issues

 Northeast Center for Urban & Community Forestry

 Emerald Ash Borer: What Can You Do? | Cornell Small Farms Program

 The High Cost of Urban Monocultures | DeepRoot Blog

 A Technical Guide to Urban and Community Forestry, Values of Urban Trees