Tree Committee

The Tree Committee is appointed by the Board of Selectmen. It’s responsibilities include the stewardship of trees located within the town’s rights-of-way. The Committee works with the Tree Warden and Superintendent of Streets to maintain various areas in town, including many of the “islands” at street intersections.

Tree Committee Members

Position Name Term Expires
Member John Devine 2015
Member Laura Walter 2016
Member Tobias Howe 2017

Meetings

Check the Town Calendar for meeting dates and times.

Dover Town Code Description of Responsibilities

Dover Town Code
There shall be a three-member Tree Committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen on a rotating basis of one member each year for a three-year term. The Tree Committee shall advise and consult with the Tree Warden about the care of trees belonging to the Town, the control of Dutch elm disease and other insect pests, and the planting of frees on property belonging to the Town, and shall annually submit a written report to the Selectmen.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the tree in front of my house a town tree?
Maybe. The town’s right-of-way varies. Please contact the Superintendent of Streets (Highway Dept.) for a specific determination.

Can I remove the tree or trees on town land?
Not without permission from the Tree Warden and/or the Planning Board if your street is a designated scenic road.

Will you look at a tree to check its condition?
Yes. The Tree Warden will do so if it is proximate to or on town property.

Can I remove a tree on my land?

  1. The town does not have jurisdiction over trees on private property unless they are on the town’s right-of-way or are within a buffer zone of wetlands or a perennial stream.
  2. If the tree is on the town’s right-of-way you must contact the Tree Warden and/or the Planning Board if your street is a designated scenic road.
  3. Please contact the Conservation Commission if the tree is within a wetland or perennial stream buffer zone.