The Select Board appoints the tree warden, who then has broad authority to oversee
trees on public property
by developing a preservation plan for trees and by planting, maintaining,
pruning and removing
trees. Trees may be maintained for shade or ornamental purposes and may be
or treated for the sake of the tree or for public safety reasons.
warden works with abutting landowners to control insect pests or tree diseases.
He or she may consult with the Commissioner of Agriculture concerning serious
infestations or disease and follow the Commissioner’s recommendations for
controlling the problem, even to the extent of treating trees
on private property. He or she is authorized to enforce all laws applicable to
public shade trees and to prescribe rules and regulations concerning trees.
Be On the Lookout...
Forestry officials in Vermont continue to be concerned
about a number of exotic pests that are already in Vermont or close to our
borders. These include the
Information on these pests and more is available from the Vermont
Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.
If you suspect that you have sighted any of these pests, try to capture
the insect and then contact the Forest Biology Laboratory at 802-241-3606 or
the Tree Warden at 802-676-3967. Do not try to remove or destroy infected trees
as this may only spread the disease.