Historical Tree Restoration Committee

Thomas J. Gaipa Chair

Kenneth Anderson Member
Shanna Bertram Member
Joseph J. Hine Member
Vacancy Member

Mission/General Information:


  • To preserve, protect and improve all trees on public land in the Town of Southbury.
  • Conduct annual Arbor Day tree planting and celebration as part of Southbury’s ongoing participation in Tree City USA Awards.
  • Oversee Southbury’s Adopt-a-Spot gardens and actively promote sponsorship from local businesses.
  • Manage and maintain the Southbury Town Tree Nursery inventory.
  • Identify locations on public land where new trees will add aesthetic value and meet good planting practices (right plant in the right place) and plant trees as funding permits.
  • Create and maintain the Southbury Tree Ordinance.
  • Act as Deputy Tree Wardens in support of the Town Tree Warden.
  • Review and inspect tree plantings on public land as part of development projects at the request of the Town Planning Dept.
  • Consult with utility companies prior to large scale pruning projects (at the request of the Board of Selectmen).
  • Provide consultation on tree planting and maintenance as requested by the residents and businesses within Southbury.


  • Eighteen (18) consecutive Tree City USA awards as of January 2016. Of the 169 municipalities in Connecticut, only eighteen are recognized as Tree City USA communities; of them Southbury is ranked 9th in longevity in the program.
  • Organized Nineteen Arbor Day Celebrations and tree plantings since inception.
  • Received over seven National Arbor Day ‘Growth Awards’ for projects and planning above and beyond the requirements for Tree City USA recognition.
  • Received 6 America the Beautiful Grants. The money received was used to plant trees throughout town.
  • Maintain sponsorship of seven (7) Adopt a Spot plantings throughout Southbury:
  • Developed a town tree ordinance which was approved by the Board of Selectmen
  • Development and maintenance of Southbury Town Tree Nursery

For more information: To Adopt a Spot, volunteer or learn more, email historictrees@southbury-ct.gov, or mail to Historical Tree Restoration Committee, c/o Southbury Town Hall, 501 Main St. South, Southbury, CT 06488

Additional Information:

Regular Meeting Schedule for 2017: (7:00 PM, Town Hall, Room 208)

 The Historical Tree Restoration Committee usually meets 2nd Tuesday of the month
(please check calendar for possible changes)

 January - 10
 April 11  July - no meeting
 October - no meeting
 February - no meeting
 May - no meeting
 August - no meeting
 November - 14
 March 7
 June 13
 September 12
 December - no meeting

Minutes & Agendas:

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