2009-09-17 / Letters to the Editor

Permit required for tree work on public land

Recently, a part-time town employee, without authority or approval, removed several large branches from a tree on town land. The Tree Warden has inspected the tree and has determined that an arborist will need to be hired to mitigate the damage. However, the disfigurement to the tree will remain for years.

What makes this incident especially disturbing is that this particular tree was a memorial tree, donated to the people of Jamestown.

As chairman of the Jamestown Tree Preservation & Protection Committee, I want to remind everyone that a permit issued by the Jamestown Tree Warden is required for the removal or trimming of any tree on public land, which includes the town’s legal right-ofway along all public roads in Jamestown. In addition, that work must be done under the supervision of a Rhode Island licensed arborist.
James Rugh
Jamestown Tree Preservation
& Protection Committee

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