First Professional Shade Tree Inventory Underway

Following a $30,000 grant award from the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Northampton has hired Davey Resource Group to conduct a first-time complete inventory of its public shade trees, a critical baseline for developing a comprehensive urban forestry plan.  Full press release here (October 12, 2016).

Residents can follow the progress on-line by clicking here.
Click here if you would like to email the Tree Warden about having a shade tree planted.  Please include "Shade Tree" in the subject and the address for the proposed tree.  Thank you.


  • Molly Hale
    Term expires June, 2018
  • Jennifer Werner
    Term expires June, 2018
  • Robert Postel 
    Term expires June, 2018
  • Lilly Lombard
    Term expires June, 2020
  • Jay Girard
    Term expires June, 2017
  • Todd Ford
  • Marilyn Castriotta
    Term expires June, 2019
  • Richard C. Parasiliti, Jr. 

ACTrees Alliance for Community Trees

Benefits of Trees and Urban Forests.  This resource list complied by Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) gathers the many scientifically proven benefits of urban forests into a single document for tree advocates to use. These facts come directly from primary research conducted by professional scientists, with all citations noted. Grouped by category, these benefits speak to the enormous monetary, social, and ecological value of urban forests to human society. They argue for the vital role of trees in our communities. ACTrees member organizations nationwide are working to bring these benefits to towns small and large, improving the health and livability of our communities by planting and caring for trees. To learn more, visit

Tree Northampton

Tree Northampton is a private citizens group promoting the well-being and growth of the Northampton, MA shade tree canopy through education, advocacy, and volunteer participation. In collaboration with the Northampton Tree Warden (Richard C. Parasiliti, Jr.) and the Public Shade Tree Commission, Tree Northampton volunteers support Northampton’s tree program by planting and caring for trees all around the city.

The seven-member Northampton's Public Shade Tree Commission works with our Tree Warden, Rich Parasiliti, to grow and protect our public shade tree canopy.  

Priority areas for 2016-17

  • Tree inventory
  • Tree ordinance
  • Public engagement
  • Mission statement

Our Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 4-6pm, in the 2nd Floor Hearing Room of City Hall, 210 Main St, Northampton.  We begin each meeting with a public comment period, and welcome public input and volunteer support. 

Minutes and Agendas

To learn about volunteering, please contact our Chair, Lilly Lombard, at or 413-207-5899.