City of Northampton Launches its First Professional Shade Tree Inventory

Following a $30,000 grant award from the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Northampton has hired Davey Resource Group to conduct a first-time complete inventory of its public shade trees, a critical baseline for developing a comprehensive urban forestry plan.

Full press release here (October 12, 2016). 

Click here if you would like to email the Tree Warden about having a shade tree planted.  Please include "Shade Tree" in the subject and the address for the proposed tree.  Thank you.

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Tree Planting Site Map

This is a map of City shade tree work activity:  Shade Tree Work Map.  The prospective sites are subject to numerous considerations and constraints such as DigSafe and other utility interference, availability of an appropriate tree for each site and discussion with property owners (in the case of setback plantings.)

The seven-member Northampton's Public Shade Tree Commission works with our Tree Warden, Rich Parasiliti, to grow and protect our public shade tree canopy.  

Our FY 2015-16 goals include launching a thorough tree inventory of Northampton's public shade trees, seeking public input in crafting a 20 year vision for our tree canopy, planting 100 street trees, and reviewing Northampton's ordinances that relate to tree protection.


Marilyn Castriotta,
Todd Ford, Vice Chair,
Jay Girard,
Lilly Lombard, Chair,, 413-207-5899
Jen Werner,
Andrew Smith,
Rob Postel,

Our Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 4-6pm, in the 2nd Floor Hearing Room of City Hall, 210 Main St, Northampton.  We begin each meeting with a public comment period, and welcome public input and volunteer support. 

Minutes and Agendas

To learn about volunteering, please contact our Chair, Lilly Lombard, at or 413-207-5899.