Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Mezzanine Conference Room at Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street).

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT  05301
(802) 251-8100


 Tree Advisory Committee 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – 6:30pm 

Mezzanine Conference Room, Brooks Memorial Library 

224 Main Street, Brattleboro 


Agenda items include: 

Approve minutes 

Mark Duntemann update 

Public participation 

Committee reports 

Future projects 

Town Meeting Reps Info sheet 

Tree Warden’s report

Comments | 3

  • What does the Tree Advisory Committee do?

    What is their role?

    Suppose I have a tree in front of my house which tangled into the electrical wires. I have called GMP and they trimmed a few vines but left the basic problem. Can the Committee help me with this?

  • Trees

    The Name of the Committee is Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee, which sounds simple but is also confusing at closer look. Is this committee to oversee all trees in Brattleboro, or all trees owned by Brattleboro? Are they allowed to act, or simply advise?

    From what I’ve observed over the years, they watch the trees on town property for the most part. If your big tree is a private tree, they might be able to help direct you to a tree trimmer. Maybe. I’m not really sure.

    I’ve long hoped that the committee will present some rules and regulations for cutting down trees in town. It’s far too cheap and easy to take down nice, big, old trees, in my humble opinion. The Town is always looking for new revenue sources. Tree cutting permits for trees over a certain size, and rules about replacing trees that are taken down, would be great steps.

    Putting some fees on tree removal might slow down dramatic losses (the ‘tree street’ area has lost most of its big old trees in the last decade).

    Also, I’d love to see some regular investment in planting share trees along our sidewalks in town. It’s hotter than ever walking around Brattleboro.

  • Answers?

    1) The Tree Advisory Board’s Duties and Responsibilities are governed by ordinance (scroll down for Art V):

    2) I’ve always had a good experience with GMP when dealing with parts of trees impacting wires. However, some wires are electric and therefore the province of GMP, but others are telecommunications and therefore in the jurisdiction of Fairpoint (now Consolidated Communications).

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