Weston is a naturally forested community, and most of Weston’s trees are located on private property.  Many residents have seen changes to their neighborhoods as a result of tree-clearing on private land.  Currently, Weston has four bylaws that indirectly protect some trees: Scenic Roads, Site Plan Approval, Wetlands Protection, and Stormwater. The following survey is intended to gauge the level of resident concern over the removal of healthy trees on private property that do not threaten homes or power lines.

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* 1. Have you been affected by trees being cleared in your neighborhood?

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* 2. How concerned are you about tree removals in Weston?

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* 3. Trees benefit people and the environment in different ways. Please assign a number of 1-5, with 5 as extremely important and 1 as not important, to the value you would assign to each of the listed tree attributes.

  Not important Somewhat Important Important Very Important Extremely Important
●     Provide shade in the summer
●     Noise mitigation;
●     Reduction of erosion;
●     Home Energy savings (less need for air conditioning);
●     Capture of stormwater runoff
●     Air quality improvement;
●     Wildlife habitat;
●     Privacy buffers;
●     Enhancement of property values;
●     Contribution to neighborhood character or aesthetics;
●     Carbon sequestration;
●     Trees make me happy.

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* 4. Should the Town do more to protect trees on private property?

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* 5. Please indicate if you agree, disagree, or have no opinion regarding the following statements. Note that the statements refer only to the removal of trees that do not pose a safety risk to people, structures, or power lines.

  Agree Disagree No Opinion
Weston should not regulate tree removal on private property
Weston should regulate tree removal in all new construction.
Owners should have to get permission before cutting down mature, healthy trees in the zoning setback areas around their property.
Owners should have to get permission to remove any mature, healthy trees anywhere on their property.

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* 6. Do you have specific concerns or suggestions regarding tree preservation? Are there any specific examples of tree removal in Weston that you would like to share?

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