You may have noticed yellow or orange ribbons around the trunks of approximately 10-12 trees along Concord Road, south of the historic center. These trees are marked for removal, as they are dying. Although there are leaves at the tops of some of these trees, they pose a safety risk along the public streets from falling branches and toppling of the trees themselves.
For the first time in many years, the 2008 DPW budget includes funds for tree replacement so that new street trees can be planted in areas where removal is necessary. Several trees have already been planted along Old Sudbury Road to replace trees along that scenic stretch of roadway.
Criteria for using these limited replanting funds are being developed in conjunction with the Planning and Community Development Department, DPW, Historical Commission and Historic Districts Commission. Planting priority will be given to streets in the local historic districts, and along designated scenic roads. Other areas of town will also benefit, particularly areas where shade trees along roadsides are absent.
For additional information, you may call the Town’s Tree Warden, Scott Taylor, at 978-443-2209, ext. 1236, or Jody Kablack, Director of Planning and Community Development, at 978-639-3387.