Tree Hearing Notices

Tree removal occurs when tress are dead, dying, diseased, or hazardous.  Public trees are protected by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 87 and the City of Cambridge Tree Ordinance. The removal of a healthy public tree requires an advertised public hearing.  If a tree is declared by a Tree Warden to be an immediate hazard to the public, a hearing is not required.  


Removal of Public Shade Trees

City of Cambridge, Department of Public Works 

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 87, Sections 3 and 4, a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 at 5:30 pm at 147 Hampshire St, Cambridge, Mass., to consider the removal of the following public tree(s): 

  1. 83 New St – Removal of 6.4” red maple due to street and sidewalk realignment project. Location will be replanted.

  2. New St (between cul-de-sac and train tracks) – Removal of 3 trees (11.4” sweetgum, 3.3” pin oak, and 5.5” sweetgum) for street and sidewalk realignment project. Location will be replanted.

  3. 15 Lee St – Removal of 36.6” elm due to significant trunk decay. Location will be replanted.

  4. 53 Wendell St – Removal of 36.2” silver maple due to trunk and branch decay. Location will be replanted.  


    The tree(s) identified above have been posted for public inspection.  Any objections to their removal must be submitted in writing to the City Arborist, prior to or during the hearing.  The mailing address for the City Arborist is Department of Public Works, City of Cambridge, 147 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139; phone:  617-349-6433 email:


 Previous Tree Hearings

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139


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Monday: 8:30am-8pm
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Friday: 8:30am-12pm