Letter to the Editor: Wednesday’s BARC Hearing to Discuss Removal of up to 135 North Road Trees

~ Submitted by Dan Churella, Chair, Bedford Arbor Resources Committee

Plans are moving ahead for the North Road/Chelmsford Road intersection redesign.  These plans include the construction of sidewalks on the east side of Chelmsford Road from Isabella Lane to the intersection and on the west side of North Road from the intersection to Sweetwater Avenue.  The project will require the removal of 55 public trees and 80 trees on private property along the route.  83 trees will be replaced.  37 of the public trees are 12” diameter or less and 18 are from 14” to 50” diameter.

The Bedford Arbor Resources Committee (BARC) is reviewing the tree removal and replacement plans.  Jeanette Rebecchi, the Bedford transportation program manager, will present an overview of the plans at the next BARC meeting on Wednesday, August 18 at 7:30 pm. This will be a presentation on the project’s effect on trees and an opportunity for public comment and input before the required official Shade Tree Hearing in September.

Colorized project plans and a list of public trees to be removed, as well as an agenda and ZOOM link to the BARC meeting, can be found on the BARC website at https://www.bedfordma.gov/arbor-resource-committee. The DPW website has much more information on the North Road Intersection project at https://www.bedfordma.gov/department-of-public-works/pages/north-road-intersection.

Please plan to virtually attend the meeting to express your views and get your questions answered.


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  1. The lovely canpoly which one enhancec North Road has been forever altered. We’ve already lost about 50 trees on North Road due to the poorly planned orignal sidewalk program. Now were looking at wasting a lot more of them according to this letter to the editor. Can you imagine a world without trees? There would be no shade, no trees full of birds singing wonderful songs, and nothing for kids to climb. Without trees, the world would be a very different place. Unfortunately, due to overuse of this natural resource, some places are already facing this issue. We cut down trees for so many things, and even though some trees are planted to take their place, it takes years for them to grow. Future generations may face a shortage of everything we rely on trees for. This is why tree conservation is so important. There are a lot of things you can do to help conserve and protect our trees. This includes planting new trees, of course, but it also includes much more. Below are a number of resources that will go into more detail on tree conservation, its benefits, and what you can do to help save our trees. To make matters worse, we insist on paving the sidewalks here in Bedford, which increases the heat index, making them dangerous to both pets and people. Lincoln meanders their sidewalks and leaves them without aspahlt or concrete. Please take a look at this article to learn more about the improtance and benefits of trees. https://www.topiarytree.net/resource-center/tree_conservation.html

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