Tree Warden

The Tree Warden is charged with managing shade trees on City property and within the public right-of-way, as well as working with the Urban Forestry Commission. On a day-to-day basis, a tree warden manages activities related to, but not limited to:

  • Pruning of trees for safety and health
  • Removal of trees that are dead or dying
  • Identification of planting sites
  • Planting new trees
  • Writing grant proposals

The City of Northampton's Tree Warden is appointed by the Mayor and is an employee of the Department of Public Works.

Visit the links below for more information on:

To learn more about the duties and responsibilities of a tree warden, please visit Massachusetts Tree Wardens & Foresters Association.

Contact Information

  1. Richard C. Parasiliti, Jr.

    Tree Warden
    ISA Board Certified Master Arborist #NE-7031BM
    ISA Municipal Specialist #NE-7031BM
    Email Richard Parasiliti


    Department of Public Works
    125 Locust Street
    Northampton, MA 01060
    Ph: 413-587-1570
    Fax: 413-587-1576


    Monday - Friday
    7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Two people planting a treeRich Parasiliti (Tree Warden) & Lilly Lombard (former PSTC Chair) plant a Scarlet Oak at Forbes Library (Nov 2017).