Table 2.

Massachusetts Urban & Community Forestry Program Performance Parameters Developed by DCR
Management Plans: A detailed document or set of documents, developed from professionally-based inventories/resource assessments, which guide(s) the strategic management of the community's trees and forests. The plan must be in active use by the community and be routinely updated.

Go to Management Plans for description of intent and examples of community attainment.
Professional Staff : Either the tree warden or another individual retained by the town who is regularly involved with the planting, protection and maintenance of urban and community trees and forests has achieved one or more of the following:
  • Massachusetts Certified Arborist (MCA) or equivalent;
  • International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist (ISA);
  • Associates, Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a natural resources field;
  • Completion of Professional Course in a natural resources field (for communities with populations of 10,000 or fewer people).
Go to Professional Staff for description of intent and examples of community attainment.
Ordinances/Policies: Demonstrates recent enforcement of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 87 and maintains one of the following in their local by-laws:
  • Local tree ordinance
  • Regulations requiring the planting of new trees during development
  • Regulations that protect existing trees during development
  • Written policies pertaining to tree planting, protection and maintenance
Go to Ordinance/Policies for description of intent and examples of community attainment.
Advocacy/Advisory Organization: Groups or organizations that advise or advocate for the planting, protection and maintenance of community trees, e.g. tree board, tree commission, friends of trees, or other non-profit organization directly involved with the care of trees.

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Inter-Agency/Inter-Departmental Communication: Routine communications take place between the tree warden's department and other agencies and departments regarding the planting, protection and maintenance of urban and community trees and forests.
Tree City USA Status: Achieves and maintains accreditation in the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA program.

Go to Tree City USA® for more detailed description of the program and the criteria for achieving accreditation.