Director Marc R. Welch has been managing the City’s Urban Forest since 2002. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Urban Forestry and has been a Massachusetts Certified Arborist (#2045) for over ten years. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association (2005-2006) and is an active member of the organization’s Executive Board.
Prior to working for Newton he was the City Arborist for the City of Boston and an Arborist working for the USDA Forest Service.
The Director of Urban Forestry’s duties include:
- Creation and implementation of policy
- Technical inspection of trees
- To communicate and respond to citizen requests
- Review City projects that impact trees
- Advise other City Departments and agencies on tree issues
- Develop technical maintenance and planting specifications
- Serve on, and work with various City Committees, including the Urban Tree Commission and Integrated Pest Management Committee
- Perform technical reviews of Tree Preservation Ordinance applications
- Issue permits, warnings and fines related to the Tree Preservation Ordinance.
- Survey and locate new planting locations
- Manage tree planting contracts
- Manage and review urban forestry budget
- Coordinate all Tree Emergency activities
- Oversee tree maintenance work including in-house work and contracted services
Assistant Superintendent - Louis “Butch” Desimone