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Tree Policy

The Town of Amherst Parks Department, which is a part of the Amherst Highway Department maintains all of the Town owned trees located on the Town of Amherst Right of Ways (R.O.W.), in Town Parks and Recreational areas and on Town owned properties. The Forestry Division within the Parks Department is responsible for removing diseased or dead trees, trimming Town trees and ordering the planting of new trees to replace what was removed.

Residents are prohibited from removing any Town owned trees. If a resident has a problem with a Town tree they should contact the Highway Department. Prior to removing any own tree on the R.O.W. Highway or Parks personnel will make an attempt to contact the resident during the business hours of 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM weekdays.

The Highway Superintendent as stated in the Amherst Town Code 179-4 has the right to request the removal of any diseased or dead tree on private property if it constitutes a hazard to public life or property. The expenses of the tree removal shall be at the expense of the property owner.

Town trees that are not dying or dead will not be removed because of sidewalk intrusion. It is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain their sidewalks as described in the Town Code.

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The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrates its 200th Anniversary this year. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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