After more than 20 years of neglect, Milton is planting street trees again. 

Some people want to go a step further and try to preserve existing trees threatened by development's buzz saw, especially upland trees that help prevent downhill flooding as climate change storms grow more torrential.

Milton has lost about 30 percent of its street canopy in the decades since the Department of Public Works (DPW) stopped replanting the dead and dying shade trees it removes. This may have saved the town some money in the short run, but the deficit in trees rose as steadily as summer temperatures. 

Now Chase Berkeley, the new DPW head, is committed to addressing the deterioration of Milton’s green canopy. 

The town’s Shade Tree Advisory Committee (STAC) has voted to recommend a separate line item or sub line item in the DPW budget at the May Town Meeting  in the amount of $70,000 for the purchase and planting of town street trees.  

This is the amount required to replace the average annual loss of 137 street trees, as determined by the comparison of tree inventories in 2007 and 2017. It's hoped that some amount will be left over to begin replanting the longstanding tree deficit. 

For the rest of the story pick up the Feb. 21, 2019, issue of the Milton Times

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