Tree Committee

News and Notes

that around 15% of our West Newbury forest are ash trees that are being attacked by the Emerald Ash Borer? 


Find out more about this problem by:


  • Joining the Q&A teleconference with experts on August 19th at 6:30 PM.  Details appear below.
  • Reading the fact sheet on the EAB - Click here
  • Sending questions to the Tree Committee at: [email protected] 


TREE THOUGHT:  "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."  Martin Luther 

FLASH NEWS:  Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Hits West Newbury:  The Emerald Ash Borer has hit our ash trees hard this summer and is a continuing threat to this major species in our forests.  Just look at the significant dieback at Pipestave Hill below the solar array. 

Ash Dieback due to EAB - Pipestave Hill
Emerald Ash Borer Hits Ash Trees at Pipestave Hill  

The Tree Committee is developing a campaign to Control the EAB.  We will be hosting a virtual Question and Answer Session with tree experts on August 19th at 6:30 PM.

Please join this important meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone using the following URL address:

or you can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)
United States: (571) 317-3112
- One-touch: tel:+15713173112,,526879493#
Access Code: 526879493
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

To read a helpful fact sheet about the EAB - click here
Adult Emerald Ash BorersHealthy vs. Unhealthy Ash
You can also send in questions for the experts by emailing your questions to:  [email protected] 

Climate Change and the Future of Our Forests:  West Newbury is blessed with beautiful forests that cover almost 60% of our town landscape.  With climate change at our doorstep, we are all wondering what lies ahead.  

  • What's going to happen to our West Newbury forest as climate change progresses? 
  • Will our trees suffer or thrive?
  • Will we have more insect infestation of our trees? 
  • If we plant trees now, which species are best suited to survive in the future?

Questions like these are pretty common.  The future of our trees and forests are important cultural and economic topics for our Town.  To find out answers to these questions and to read some advice about managing the trees you have or will be planting, click here.

Great Resource:  The UMass Amherst Extension program is a great resource for gardeners, landscape enthusiasts, and tree aficionados.  To go to their home page and read about their programs, click here.  Among other offerings are bi-weekly (or so) newsletters entitled "Landscape Message" and "Hort Notes, Clippings from the Garden," either of which you can access for free.  Check these resources out!  Click here for Landscape Message and Click here for Hort Notes, Garden Clippings

Roster of Significant & Remarkable Trees:  Your Chance to Be Involved in Saving Our Forest Legacy

Black OakThe new exercise habit of walking around our properties and streets has allowed many of us to rediscover the comfort of nature and trees.  As spring blossoms disappear and the summer carpet of green covers our town,  it is hard not to notice the abundance of beautiful, amazing trees…significant and remarkable trees to each of us.  The Tree Committee invites you to join our effort to compile the Roster of Significant & Remarkable Trees in West Newbury by first observing the trees that inspire you on your walks and, second, by bringing these inspirational trees to the attention of the Tree Committee for possible addition to the Roster.  To do this, please download the Significant & Remarkable Tree Nomination Form below, fill it in with as much information as you can, and send the completed form to:  West Newbury Tree Committee, Town Office Building, 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA  01985.     

To download the Nomination Form, click here.

                  West Newbury Copper Beech - One of Our Largest Beauties  
                                West Newbury Copper Beech - One of Our Largest Beauties


Interested in Joining the Friends of West Newbury Trees?  If you love trees and forests, consider joining a new organization, Friends of West Newbury Trees (FOWNT).  This volunteer group will assist the Tree Committee with ongoing Tree events, fundraising, and educational programming.  Send an email stating your interest to: [email protected]

Have a Good Idea for the Tree Committee or Want to Help Protect Our Trees?   The Tree Committee welcomes your participation in our activities and your ideas about how we might make a difference in our community as relates to protecting and preserving our trees and forests.  Let us know about your interest and ideas at [email protected]