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Tree By-law

Brookline has a sizable urban forest made up of thousands of trees that filter out pollutants and clean our air air, that reduce our energy costs by providing shade and protection from the wind, and that help reduce the stress and strain of urban living by reducing noise and providing us with natural beauty. There are over 11,000 street trees on public land that are managed by the Town, but the vast majority of our trees are found on private property.

Unfortunately, there is currently no protection in place that prevents these trees from being removed, despite the long list of benefits these trees provide to the community. The Spring 2016 Town Meeting included Article 11 for the purpose of preserving and
And protecting both Public Shade trees pursuant to General Law Chapter 87 and certain designated trees on private property.

A vote was taken to refer this article to a Selectmen's committee for further study.