Additional Tree Resources
What Is a Tree Worth?
In this article by Jill Jonnes, Jill described how Trees brighten city streets and delight nature-starved urbanites and how scientists are learning that they also play a crucial role in the green infrastructure of America's cities. Read the full article here.
Benefits of Trees
To Understand the value of trees in a community, check out a list of statistics from the Arbor Day Foundation.
Below are tree organizations that may provide additional useful information:
- Is there anything I need to do before I cut down trees on my property?
The Town does not have jurisdiction over trees on private property unless they are within a municipal right of way, public easement, or the buffer zone of wetlands or a perennial stream. Before removing trees residents are encouraged to first determine whether the tree(s) you wish to remove fall within one of the above-mentioned areas on your property or outside your properties boundaries. For the latter a survey of your property lines is encouraged. For additional guidance please reach out to one of the following town agencies:
A plan to remove trees along a scenic road may require a Scenic Road Hearing before the Planning Board. Click here for a list of scenic roads in Dover: https://ecode360.com/10428309.
- Will removing the trees help control bugs, ticks, and other critters?
Ticks prefer long grass in shady areas; however, they can also live on tree branches and shrubs. The following link provides tick prevention strategies https://www.mass.gov/info-details/tick-borne-disease-prevention.
For additional information please consult the Dover Board of Health.
- How do I know if I have wetlands on my property?
To learn more about wetland locations related to your property please contact the Conservation Commission for further guidance.
- I think my tree has a disease. Who should I call?
Residents may wish to contact a certified arborist for assistance in the care and maintenance of private trees located on their property. Lists of arborists certified by either the Massachusetts Arborists Association (MCA) or the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) can be located via the following links:
- Can I plant trees on my septic field or next to my wellhead?
For questions related to planting near or on septic fields or wells please consult the Dover Board of Health.
As an additional resource regarding planting on septic fields please review the following link from the EPA: https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2015-06/documents/septicsmart-week-landscaping-final.pdf
For a quick reference related to planting near wellheads please see the following: https://www.grecoandhaines.com/landscaping-wellhead/#:~:text=DO%20NOT%20plant%20anything%20within,choosing%20plants%20with%20short%20roots.
- Is there a resource that can help me identify the types of trees I currently have on my property?
There are a few Apps available to assist in identifying trees, such as LeafSnap, PictureThis – Plant Identifier, and Forest Tree Identification to name a few. Some apps may require a subscription fee. Other resources such as The Arbor Day Foundation’s tree database and Eversource’s “Planting a Tree Guide,” are also helpful tools.
- Can trees protect my yard from flooding?
Trees are an important component of stormwater management. To see how trees assist with stormwater runoff see the following article from the Arbor Day Foundation.