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TOPIC:  WATERTOWN YOUNG-TREE SURVEY (Completed in 2014)

Ready to help out by visiting a few of your neighborhood street trees with a list of items to check?
Please contact TFW to learn how you can help! 
Here's a useful pamphlet on an easily-preventable problem for many young street-planted trees.


TOPIC:  TREE PLANTING TO HONOR LONG-TIME WATERTOWN
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST JANET BUNBURY

Janet Bunbury tree planting

On a sunny Saturday in October 2012, Trees for Watertown, the Church
of the Good Shepherd, and several dozen friends and appreciators of
Janet Bunbury joined Janet and her family on the front lawn at the
Church
, to plant a handsome "Valley Forge" elm in her honor. 

With good care and a bit of luck, this lovely shade tree will grace
Mount Auburn Street for the next couple hundred years.

CLICK HERE to link to a text of the wonderful Blessing of the Janet Bunbury Elm by Pastor Amy McCreath.

CLICK HERE to link to an album of pictures from the event.


TOPIC:  TFW GROWS A NEW TREE VARIETY TO GROW ON WATERTOWN'S STREETS

In Spring, 2011, TFW and Mount Auburn Cemetary collaborated to plant "whips" of Osage Orange
'White Shield', a thornless, fruitless variety of this tough and handsome tree, in Mount  Auburn
Cemetery's tree nursery, to grow until they were tall enough to be planted out on the street. 
Look how tall and healthy these seedlings were just seven months later!

Osage seedlings October 2011























In Spring, 2012, in order to make room for construction of a new greenhouse in the Cemetary,
the little trees were transplanted across the street into a bed in the new Grove Street Community
Garden, where they have spent a growing season re-establishing their root systems.  We are now looking for good sites for this test variety of street tree.  Suggestions are welcome!




TOPIC:  REACTIONS AGAINST  UTILITY  PRUNING DAMAGE TO SHADE TREE CANOPY

                                                                                        
    Boston.com/yourtown, September 18, 2011
    More towns consider municipal electrical utilities
    after long NSTAR  Irene outages


    Boston.com/yourtown, October 3, 2010
    More NSTAR complaints south of Boston

     Boston.com/yourtown, August 11, 2010
     NSTAR to halt pruning in Watertown - again

     Wicked Local Watertown, August 11, 2010
     Watertown Town Council votes unanimously
     to halt NSTAR utility pruning


     Wicked Local Newton, August 10, 2010
     Newton puts a hold on NSTAR pruning

    
WCTV "Voices Near and Far" interview, August 4, 2010
     Host Eileen McKlusky interviews TFW President Ruth Thomasian


     Watertown Tree Warden memo, August 5, 2010
     Recommended changes in utility pruning protocol

     Wicked Local Watertown, August 2, 2010
     NSTAR to continue pruning Watertown trees

    
     RELATED ARTICLE
     Enterprise News, Lexington, Aug 27, 2009
     NStar Must Provide Real Reason for Outages
    
     Boston.com/yourtown, August 2, 2010
   
  Arlington to residents: report NSTAR pruning to police

    Watertown Residents Vote 88% In Favor of Town Placing Restrictions on Pruning
    Watertown Tab & Press Poll, July 2010
   
    Town of Watertown web site, July 30, 2010
    NSTAR will resume pruning August 9

    Boston.com/yourtown
, July 21, 2010
    Arlington:  NSTAR suspends pruning after complaints

    
    WickedLocal.com/Maynard, July 16, 2010
    Maynard:  NSTAR suspends pruning after complaints


    Watertown Tab&Press, July 9, 2010
    LTE:  NSTAR gets away with more in Watertown

    Boston.com/news/local, July 8, 2010

   
NStar puts a hold on tree pruning


    Watertown Tab&Press, July 2, 2010
    NSTAR halts tree pruning in Watertown


    Boston.com/yourtown, July 1, 2010 
    NSTAR agrees to temporary halt to tree pruning in Watertown

    Watertown Tab&Press, June 25, 2010
    NSTAR pruning crews are damaging trees in Watertown

    Watertown Tab&Press, June 25, 2010
    Letter from Watertown resident Joel Hencken to Lucas Trees

 

TOPIC:  ASIAN LONG-HORNED BEETLE

Asian Longhorned  Beetle poster       Download TFW's ALB flyer

      
Beetle FAQ's
      
http://www.beetlebusters.info/

       WGBH-TV Channel 2/HD, August 15, 2010
       LURKING IN THE TREES:  Special Broadcast
      
on ALB, Sunday, August 13, 1 pm
                                 
       Boston.com/yourtown, July 15, 2010
       No new ALB have been found in
       Boston, but search continues

       Boston.com/news, July 11, 2010
       Worcester:  a recovery takes root

       Boston.com/news, July 6, 2010

       Asian Longhorned Beetle discovered
       near Arnold Arboretum in Boston
      
(includes video)
   
       
• TFW News Archive

Topic:  The Arsenal Apartments Courtyard will stay!

Courtyard in Springtime
    Gilbane Development Company, Rhode Island-based manager    
    
of Watertown's Arsenal Apartments housing for senior and disabled
     residents, intended to convert a tree-shaded central courtyard
      into a parking lot.  

      At a hearing on September 14, 2011, the Watertown Planning    
     
Board voted unanimously not to approve the project.
      Gilbane subsequently withdrew its petition for Zoning Board
     
approval, which was required for the project to go forward.

       CLICK HERE
to see the presentation from Arsenal Apartments
       residents to the Planning Board in defense of the Courtyard.


       CLICK HERE to see a slide show illustrating the value
                                                                            of this beautiful courtyard.

      


TOPIC:  WHAT IS A TREE WORTH? 


In May, 2011, Trees for Watertown sponsored a moderated public conversation at the
Watertown Public Library.  Seven speakers gave 5-minute slide show presentations
on the value of trees from the perspectives of their professions:  energy conservation,
real estate, public health, arboriculture, and religious guidance,  as well as from the
vantage points of a Watertown parent of young children and a Watertown town
councilor.  The discussion continued afterward with questions and comments from
interested members of the public.

You can watch the full event on YouTube. 
The presentations begin at about 12 minutes into Part I (of 4).
Total duration:  110 minutes 

            
CLICK HERE   to watch the video in full screen display mode                              

            
CLICK HERE   to watch the video in standard YouTube display mode
                                      (May run a little faster on an older computer)

             CLICK HERE   to download a one-page description of the event

             CLICK HERE   to download the panelists' slides
(3 MB PDF) including
                                      resources & web sites the panelists recommend
• Reports and Documents

      Ten Major Values of Trees
           
What a large urban street tree can do for you


      22 Benefits of Urban Street Trees
            An illustrated brochure by
Dan Burden, Senior Urban Designer.
            Glatting Jackson and Walkable Communities, Inc; May, 2006

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