Tree Warden & Tree Management

There are more than 4,000 "street" trees in Montpelier. Street trees are in the public right-of-way, or trees that are close enough to sidewalks and roadways to have an impact on the public. The health of those trees either enhances the beauty of our right-of-ways or becomes a hazard. If you are aware of a tree that is a hazard or needs attention please email Tree Warden Geoff Beyer.

Much more information coming soon about tree health, care and hazards.

Tree Warden Duties
The Tree Warden is a City official with complete authority over all trees, shrubs, or plants in the public right-of-way of the City that are not under the jurisdiction of the Parks Commission or Cemetery Commission. The Tree Warden may remove or cause to be removed any tree which is in an unsafe condition, presents a hazard to the general public, is infected by insects, or is affecting public utility improvements.

The Tree Warden also advises the Tree Board and regulatory boards of the City in matters of tree health, care, and maintenance. The Tree Warden can be contacted at the Montpelier Parks and Tree Office, 802-223-7335.
Street Tree Helpers
As a result of limited soil, water, and air, street trees often grow slowly, therefore street trees of almost any size represent a big investment. In return, trees purify the air, control storm water, calm traffic and beautify our City.

In 2011, Jason Miles's Montpelier High School woodworking class helped build tree guards for five trees that were not protected. Tree grates and guards are typically expensive but important tools to protect street trees from cars, bikes, and snow removal devices. Tree guards help to prevent the limited soil from becoming too compacted which limits air, oxygen, and tree growth.
High School Woodshop Students Make Tree Grates
Project Goals
The students from the advanced woodworking class  decided to make some experimental tree guards to see if it was possible to make tree guards that were:
  • Affordable
  • Beautiful
  • Functional
The tree guards so far are a big success on each point. The last test is to see if they withstand the test of time and all the challenges they face in protecting the trees they surround. Many thanks to Instructor Jason Miles, Community Based coordinator Matt Mclane, lead student Nick Tilton, Ryan Wells, and Grayson Lavigne for their dedication to doing such a great job and their attention to detail!
Tree Guard on a Street Tree