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A Trees for Watertown Special Event - Shared screen with speaker view
Gina Foglia
38:44
Along with managing the tree canopy of Watertown, are there goals to share your position's importance to the younger population from grade school on up?
Vincent Piccirilli
42:31
I have the story about the 3 Lowell School trees that got cut down.
David Meshoulam (he/him)
44:02
WE3C
Gina Foglia
44:18
Is there also a Student Environmental high school Group?
David Stokes
45:02
Yes, WHS has an environmental club, although I am not sure their status while they are all remote learning until 11/30.
David Meshoulam (he/him)
45:33
The map Libby mentioned can be found here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1jmAzbF6lCSJWzFVtoM40n8hNqGw&ll=42.372133774927704%2C-71.17864355&z=15
Vincent Piccirilli
47:03
FY2021 Town Council Budget Priority Guideline II.J.: J. Continue to enhance the capabilities of the Department of Public Works Forestry Department by adding resources and/or redeploying additional resources for improving Watertown’s public shade trees and increasing the Town’s overall tree canopy by: (1) Developing a robust data collection process for public shade trees in Watertown, and (2) Analyzing the data to determine an action plan and to seek collaboration and partnership opportunities with community groups such as Trees for Watertown.
Gina Foglia
47:09
Planting on Private Property - that's great - I'm on board!
David Meshoulam (he/him)
48:17
The shortcut to the "Trees in Watertown" map can be found here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1jmAzbF6lCSJWzFVtoM40n8hNqGw&ll=42.37213532416593%2C-71.17864355&z=15
David Meshoulam (he/him)
48:30
oops. Here: http://bit.ly/watertowntrees
Louise Forrest
54:11
I think in my neighbor it is condo conversion, therefore needing 4 cars off street in the winter. Hall Ave and Hardy Street.
Rena Baskin
55:12
I am wondering what you can help us do to insist that developers not remove healthy trees, and to help the town require that they plant large trees on any new development.
Jessica Grimsby
55:15
Michele Waldman is raising her hand on video
Gina Foglia
56:55
Along with tree canopy map, a root zone opportunity map might be something of interest and an overlay to the Canopy goals. Have you ever thought of arborculture from that perspective?
Gina Foglia
58:50
Does your responsibility go beyond trees and into shrubs and ground plain?
David Jay
59:38
Can you speak to your experience preventing utility companies from destroying canopies and roots?
Rena Baskin
01:00:12
Newton has a citizen tree care program. Do you know of it? What do you think of something like that here?
Pam Phillips
01:02:04
Will you be taking into account the role that trees play in providing forage and habitat for pollinators, especially spring flowering trees?
Samatha Vuppala
01:02:22
Is there a clear delineation between the green cover that DCR is responsible for vs. the town? If so, how closely do we work with them?
Janet Buck
01:04:35
Do you have any plans for Whitney Hill?
Elodia Thomas
01:08:17
Libby, As to curbing, I’ve been here for 45 years. Progress is very, very slow.
Louise Forrest
01:08:29
What is a large tree in this conversation. I thought that if they are large it takes longer for the tree to settle in than a 3 inch calapher, which settles in quicker then grow.
Gina Foglia
01:12:35
No an empty site - it's that the root zone is important for tree health
Rena Baskin
01:14:29
There is land on Belmont Street near the Waltham border that has an old delapidated house on it. I was told Waltham now owns a pieceof the land, but that the delapidated building piece is in Watertown. Waltham has planted trees on the piece they now own. Just a grove of trees. Could Watertown plant on the other part? I don't know who owns the house or the land, but I thought it was Watertown.....
Janet Buck
01:15:34
I think the bike paths are DCR as well
Meghan O'Connell
01:18:08
I helped the Lowell public school create edible gardens back in 2013 and the gardens have expanded to all the elementary schools since then. If the schools were on board with planting fruit trees on their land, would you be in support of that? And if so, would you be involved in planting fruit trees at the schools or would the school boards need to create the funding and do the planting themselves?
Elodia Thomas
01:20:33
I reported a UPS truck that ran into a tree limb every day he came through our neighborhood.
Julia Malakie
01:23:59
Are you doing any testing for gas leaks at planting spots, or checking addresses against the HEET map based on outstanding leaks as of most recent 12/31 as reported to DPU?
Rena Baskin
01:25:35
Brookline has large grates around many of the trees in Coolidge corner. here in Watertown trees are planted with no protection. What can you do to advocate for protections for the trees?
Elodia Thomas
01:26:56
Jessica, they do this in the parks in Vietnam. It’s an amazing program.
Louise Forrest
01:28:40
On Fairview and Hall Avenue there are large street trees that are in great need of pruning. Large dead half broken branches how to get them attended too.
Julia Malakie
01:29:13
Who does watering in Watertown, and if it's the residents, how well do they keep up?
Carole Berney
01:31:08
As a nature photographer, my recent focus has become "The Wonder of Trees." I hope to provide my narrated slideshow on Zoom for various age groups.
David Jay
01:32:40
Oaks host many kinds of caterpillars which birds need to feed their young.
Pam Phillips
01:33:55
Oaks, maples, and willows provide pollen in early spring which feeds honeybees and bumblebee queens.
Pam Phillips
01:34:23
Single flowered cherries are great for bees.
Gina Foglia
01:34:25
Pam, as does Sassafras!
Julia Malakie
01:39:50
Are there any ash trees you are treating to try to save?
David Jay
01:39:50
In addition to a Pruning Corp we could use an Invasive Plants Eradication Corp to clean up town parks and properties.
Sharon Bromberg-Lim
01:40:15
David Jay, I would support that!
Julia Malakie
01:41:31
Newton Conservators do a lot of invasive plant pulls during the summer, mainly in parks and conservation land, but it's very challenging to keep up.
Gina Foglia
01:42:08
Interestingly, I was in Devon, England. their 300 and 500 year old Oaks were deformed and hollowed, but beautifully branching - I believe we cut our trees down too soon.
eugenie Johnston
01:42:26
That tree you mention Libby is still there and apparently healthy!
Pam Phillips
01:42:45
vety interesting discussion!
Elodia Thomas
01:47:03
David, Could you please ask Greg to share his contact info. Thanks.
David Meshoulam (he/him)
01:49:44
gmosman@watertown-ma.gov
David Meshoulam (he/him)
01:49:57
617-937-9966
Gina Foglia
01:51:23
Meghan, I belong to Leagueofurbancanners to take care of fruit trees in Somerville and Cambridge - we can continue that here
Meghan O'Connell
01:51:37
gina that's awesome!