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Tree Warden
Richard J. Waldo, P.E.
Tree Warden

Steve Wlodkowski
Deputy Tree Warden

2 Mayflower St. Room 74
Provincetown, MA  02657

Ph: (508) 487-7060
Fx: (508) 487-4675

Monday - Thursday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am

In Massachusetts, we are fortunate to have a relatively long history of public shade tree protection. Over 100 years ago, the Commonwealth adopted a statute for the protection of public shade trees (MA General Law Ch. 87, known as the “Public Shade Tree Act,” 1899). In modern times many Massachusetts towns, with the encouragement of the State Department of Conservation and Recreation, have adopted more detailed tree ordinances to implement the state statute. This tree bylaw is intended to do the same for the town of Provincetown.

The bylaw was drafted in the spring of 2016 by a working group comprised of Richard Waldo, Director of DPW and the town’s Tree Warden; John Krajovic, member of the town Beautification Committee; and Margaret Murphy, an environmental lawyer and the founder of Trees Provincetown, a nonprofit organization recently formed to provide tree-related community service in town. The draft has been reviewed by the Beautification Committee, the Town Planner and the Planning Board and revised to reflect their comments. It’s also been presented to the Recycling and Renewable Energy Committee, the Conservation Commission, and the Recreation Committee and will be further revised to reflect their comments, if any. 

Proposed Tree By-Law
Trees contribute to the health and well-being of the Town of Provincetown (the “Town”) and its residents and wildlife. Trees also help define the Town’s ambience and streetscape and enhance property values. The purpose of this bylaw is to preserve and protect public shade trees in Provincetown in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 87, and to provide standards for the proper care of town trees. To achieve these purposes, this bylaw establishes a Tree Advisory Group and authorizes it to assist the Tree Warden in regulating the removal and replacement of public shade trees and town trees and to promote the planting and protection of trees in Town.

Draft Tree By-Law

Town of Provincetown
260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
Ph: (508) 487-7000
Fx: (508) 487-9560