Why Trees Are Important
Trees in Lexington: Frequently Asked Questions
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Why Are Trees Important?
Trees have an important role to play in making Lexington a healthier, more livable, and more resilient place to live. Mature trees provide a host of benefits:
Is Lexington Losing Trees?
We think so. Many trees have been lost to development, disease, age, and other factors over the last 30 years, and for many years tree planting did not keep up, though we’re doing better now. We’ll have a clearer answer to this question in a few months: the town has commissioned a tree canopy study that will document trends in our tree coverage.
Does the Town Do Anything to Protect Trees and Promote Their Planting?
Is There Help Available for Landowners Who Want to Plant a Tree?
Yes! You can ask the town to plant a tree in front of your house. If the spot is within the street right-of-way, you can ask the town to plant a “street tree.” The town will plant it, water it for the first year, and will own it and the responsibility that goes with it.
What Can I Do to Improve Tree Cover in Lexington?
There is a lot you can do, both on your own property and throughout town.