Tree Removal

The person seeking permission to remove or cut a tree (or trees) in or near a wetland shall:

  1. Send a letter to the Woburn Conservation Commission, which shall clearly indicate the number of trees, the location, and the reason why they are seeking permission for their removal or cutting.
  2. Include with the letter, photographs clearly showing the tree they are seeking to have removed (if necessary, mark the tree with a brightly colored ribbon prior to taking photographs).
  3. Indicate (if known) who will be doing the work and how (i.e. using a crane, etc.), and if any other vegetation needs to be disturbed to access the tree. (Trees removed near wetlands shall be flush cut, with the stump remaining in place.)

The Conservation Commission may only grant permission for the tree removal. The Commission will not perform the work or order any other agency to perform the work. Any approval granted through the Conservation Commission does not grant property rights or any exclusive privileges; it does not authorize any injury to private property or invasion of private rights. The Applicant, if not the owner of the property on which the tree is located, shall provide the Commission with a written authorization from the owner, indicating their approval for the request.

Any approval granted by the Conservation Commission does not relieve the applicant from the necessity of complying with all other applicable federal, state, or local statutes, ordinances, or regulations.

If the tree is a public shade tree the office of the tree warden should also be contacted.

Procedure adopted by the Woburn Conservation Commission April 8, 2010.