Tree Warden

The Tree Warden reports to the Superintendent of Streets who reports to the Town Administrator who reports to the Board of Selectmen. Responsibilities include:

  • The care and maintenance of shade and ornamental trees within the town right-of-ways
  • The removal of dead or hazard trees within the town right of ways
  • Emergency removal of storm damaged trees

Contacting the Tree Warden

Telephone: Call 508-785-1130 which is the Dover Police and they will get in contact with him.

Position Name Term Expires
Tree Warden John Gilbert 2018

Dover Town Code Description of Responsibilities

Dover Town Code
There shall be a Tree Warden appointed by the Board of Selectmen for a three-year term. The Tree Warden’s duties and authority shall include, but shall not be limited to, those specified in M.G.L. ch. 87, § 2.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the tree in front of my house a town tree?
Maybe. The town’s right-of-way varies. Please contact the Superintendent of Streets (Highway Dept.) for a specific determination.

Can I remove the tree or trees on town land?
Not without permission from the Tree Warden and/or the Planning Board if your street is a designated scenic road.

Will you look at a tree to check its condition?
Yes, if it is proximate to or on town property.

Can I remove a tree on my land?

  1. The town does not have jurisdiction over trees on private property unless they are on the town’s right-of-way or are within a buffer zone of wetlands or a perennial stream.
  2. If the tree is on the town’s right-of-way you must contact the Tree Warden and/or the Planning Board if your street is a designated scenic road.
  3. Please contact the Conservation Commission if the tree is within a wetland or perennial stream buffer zone.