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WELCOME to the website for Trees for Watertown, Watertown's volunteer citizen tree advocacy group!
     Trees for Watertown's mission is to care for our community and
     environment, by

     • promoting the planting and preservation of shade trees
 
     • serving as an educational resource as to the beauty,
       value, and requirements of trees
 
     • collaborating with town departments, local, regional
       and national organizations, and the public to support a
       healthy urban forest in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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TREE NEWS

TFW's 2017 pilot Teen Tree Stewardship program will continue in 2018 with a new name:  Teens for Trees

Photo:  Craig F. Walker/Boston Globe Staff

February 2018:  TFW is delighted to continue this paid internship opportunity for Watertown teens in Summer 2018.  This is chance for students to contribute to Watertown, learning about the benefits of urban shade trees along with ways to meet the important challenges of ensuring a healthy urban forest. 

With input from arboricultural experts, an expanded group of teens will be helping support Watertown's urban forest in a variety of creative ways, including inventorying Watertown's public shade trees, providing watering and minor maintenance to new tree plantings, and developing creative ways to engage and educate their fellow Watertown citizens.

Planning and fundraising for the 2018 program is under way.  We do need financial support to expand this program! 

To find out more about this exciting program, please contact David Meshoulam (daveedmeshATgmail.com), TFW Teens for Trees Coordinator.  Thank you!

Congratulations to this year's student winners of Trees For Watertown's Big Tree Contest!  

November 2017:  Big healthy city shade trees are good for human health, good for the environment, and good for community well-being.  TFW's Big Tree Contest gives Watertown students in Grades K through 8 an opportunity to win a prize for reporting the biggest Watertown tree they can find, with a focus on six specific tree species each year.  The biggest entry reported for each species wins a gift certificate to Belmont Book Store. 

Lily Finton with linden

Lily Finton with the winning 65" diameter Linden at 24 Garfield Street

Congratulations to the following four students for reporting the most impressive specimens of four contest species this year:  Cameron Burke from Cuniff School found a 63" diameter maple tree at 17 Nyack Street, Lily Finton from Hosmer School found a 65" diameter linden tree at 24 Garfield Street, Liiana Ng from the 3rd grade at Hosmer School found a 58" diameter oak tree on the Hosmer playground, and Ryland Schrader from Hosmer School found a 54" diameter sycamore on Casey Playground.

Three more students won Honorable Mentions for finding impressive trees that were not on this year's contest list but are nevertheless worth noting.  Nairi Davidian from the Lowell School found a 49" diameter willow tree at 239 Edenfield Avenue; Caleb Kaufman from the Cuniff School found a 34" diameter spruce tree in Ridgelawn Cemetery, and Annabel Sasser from the Atrium School found a giant beech measuring 79" in diameter at 249 Common Street.  Annabel also found a huge rare pignut hickory tree at 183 Common Street. 

Next year the Big Tree Contest will be back.   Tell your kids to get ready for next year's contest by keeping an eye out for big beautiful trees in Watertown! 

Trees for Watertown is a non-profit volunteer citizen group dedicated to caring for our community and environment by making sure Watertown neighborhoods are beautified and protected by healthy shade trees, now and long into the future.





June 30, 2015:  Watertown Town Council unanimously approved the following tree-protective language in Watertown's Design Guidelines:

Design must allow for proposed trees to grow to their mature size.  Planning documents should specify measures to ensure that there is sufficient space for water penetration and root growth and that the location is appropriate to the mature size of the proposed tree.

This formal acknowledgement of the importance of trees as critical green infrastructure is a real first, a watershed moment for Watertown.  Now to make sure Watertown can follow through!





CLICK HERE for lots more news from Trees for Watertown.

CLICK HERE to download a brochure on
22 Benefits of Urban Shade Trees

Trees for Watertown's board meeting happens
on the third Wednesday of the month,
usually at Sasaki Associates
See the TFW Calendar page for meeting dates  and minutes from previous meetings.
Watertown citizens interested in trees are encouraged to attend!
Please drop us an email or call
to let us know you're coming.

CONSTRUCTION DAMAGE KILLS TREES


Without adequate municipal supervision, and despite explicit tree-protective contract language, shade trees routinely suffer serious damage in road and sidewalk reconstruction work - especially their root systems. 

Loss of a healthy urban tree has major, long-term negative impact on its neighborhood.

PLEASE HELP PROTECT OUR SHADE TREES!

Here's a picture from Cambridge of the minimum  protective barrier recommended during construction work.  The tree well is fenced to protect this part of the tree's root system.

Huron Ave Tree protection

This an example of a street tree with both trunk and root zone protection.   This kind of protection should be routine for street work.

If you observe construction or pruning activities that you feel may be damaging public shade trees,
please notify TFW and CONTACT THE TREE WARDEN AND YOUR TOWN COUNCILOR IMMEDIATELY.

Utility pruning can seriously damage trees. See below for an example of the aggressive pruning protocol Eversource (formerly NSTAR)
 stipulates.


For email or text message announcements
about public shade tree hearings or
utility pruning schedules, go to Watertown's NOTIFY ME website and select Tree Warden.

NSTAR Utility Pruning, June 2010
NSTAR utility pruning example






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