How has Burlington's Urban Forest Changed since 1900?

Find this out and more about our precious urban forest from the EXPERT at this free lecture. Warren Spinner has been Burlington's city arborist for 34 years and knows the most about our urban history, from the Dutch elm disease in the 1960s to the Ice Storm of the 1998. When it comes to Burlington’s trees, Warren has seen it all. He has enthusiastically embraced the state’s awakening interest in the value of city trees, and has fostered public participation in the health and wellbeing of Burlington’s trees. He now grapples with the challenge of managing our urban forest threatened by a continual barrage of exotic invasive pests and a climate that is increasingly unpredictable, with greater extremes in temperature, rainfall and wind events. He will explain his strategy for protecting and enhancing Burlington’s urban forest to ensure it remains healthy and in fact thrives, despite the ever changing and challenging environment in which it exists.

Warren will share his insights about our city forest then and now at the Branch Out Burlington! annual winter seminar on Sunday, February 15 at 4:00 pm at Room 102 at the Aiken Center on the University of Vermont campus.

You can find a map of the campus at this link.


Our famous tree sale is back. This year we are offering eight different beautiful specimens. These trees always sell out so order early! Learn more . . .

BOB! has recently joined One Percent for the Planet.

One Percent is an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. Their mission is to "build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet." Envisioned in 2001 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of the Patagonia clothing company, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, the organization now claims over 1,100 members worldwide and gives $20 million USD annually to over 3,300 environmental groups around the world.

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a non-native insect that was introduced into the U.S. in 2002. EAB only attacks ash trees, and is responsible for the death of millions of ash trees in the Midwest. Infested trees die within 2 to 4 years. To-date, EAB has not been found in Vermont yet it has been detected in all bordering states and provinces. The earlier we find it, the more management options we have available.

On September 18th, UVM students with Cecilia Danks’ Community-based Natural Resource Management class flagged and tagged some of Burlington’s ash trees in order to raise awareness about the benefits these trees provide and the threat of EAB. You can help protect Burlington's ash trees:

Learn more about EAB signs and symptoms:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Report it: or call Burlington Parks and Recreation 802-862-8245.

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BOB! organizes community tree planting events, hosts local guided tree walks, manages the Burlington Community Tree Nursery, and sponsors both educational seminars and the Awesome Tree Contest. Everyone is welcome at our meetings.

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Tree Keepers Program

Is there space for a tree in the greenbelt in front of your house or business? Branch out Burlington’s Tree Keeper Program is bringing trees to people who agree to take care of them.

Every year, volunteers from Branch Out Burlington! transplant trees from the Burlington Community Tree Nursery to sites along the streets of Burlington. The trees need some tender loving care to become established in their new locations. The first year is especially critical. Learn more . . .

Are you interested in planting trees on your street?

Join a dedicated group of volunteers at Branch Out Burlington! (also known as BOB!). Together with the City Arborist, Our Tree Keepers work each year to increase the number of trees and to improve our precious green spaces. If you are interested in having a tree in front of your house, and are willing to learn about tree care and water your tree, please get in touch with us. We want YOU! To learn more . . .

Click here to view a Burlington City Tree Planting at Lakeside Neighborhood

Planning on Purchasing a Tree?

Check out our resources page and the new brochures put out by the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program. Topics include planning to purchase a tree, protecting your investment with proper planting techniques, the right tree for the right place and a guide to pruning trees. Learn more . . .

Friends of the Hort Farm Please visit the website of our local "friends"

"People who live in Burlington’s neighborhoods are often proud of the natural beauty -- especially the trees. Broad leafy trees, quietly celebrating the cycle of the seasons from bud to green to orange and crimson to dust, and returning to bud once again. And tall evergreen trees exist, stalwart and vibrant with life, even throughout the depths of winter’s snows. If community is the heart of a city, then trees must surely be its lungs."