Public Shade Tree Commission

Northampton's 7-member Public Shade Tree Commission works with the City's Tree Warden to grow and protect the City's public shade tree canopy.


The Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, 4:30-6:30pm. Each meeting begins with a public comment period and public input and volunteer support are welcome!

Minutes and Agendas


  • Marilyn Castriotta                                  Term expires June 2022
  • Robert Dostel                                        Term expires June 2021
  • Molly Hale                                             Term expires June 2021
  • Susan Lofthouse                                   Term expires June 2021
  • David Lukens                                        Term expires June 2022
  • Jennifer Werner                                    Term expires June 2021

Agenda Priorities, 2017-2018

  • Create a plan to guide tree planting for 5-10 years,
  • Draft an ordinance to strengthen protection of public shade trees, and
  • Deepen stakeholder involvement in tree planting and protection efforts


Please email Sue Lofthouse with any questions.

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Contact Us

  1. Richard C. Parasiliti, Jr.

    Tree Warden
    ISA Certified Arborist
    Municipal Specialist #NE-7031A

    Department of Public Works

    125 Locust Street
    Northampton, MA 01060

    413-587-1570 Phone
    413-587-1576 Fax

    Email the Tree Warden


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