A white oak tree was planted on Monroe’s Town Green Sept. 29 in a state-wide celebration marking the Centennial of the Passage of Connecticut’s Arborist Law.
Shown here, left to right, Don Parrott of Bartlett Connecticut Arborists, David Solek, Monroe’s Tree Warden and Park Ranger, First Selectman Ken Kellogg, Tax Collector Deb Heim, Assistant Town Clerk Barbara Agee, Town Clerk Vida Stone and Arron McGoldrick, chairman of Monroe’s Land Trust and Tree Conservancy.
The Connecticut Tree Protective Association, representing 800 members, 575 of them licensed arborists, donated white oak trees to all 169 Connecticut municipalities to celebrate the passage of the state’s Arborist Law in 1919, believed to be the first such legislation in the U.S. Under the statute individuals who engage in commercial tree care need to be accredited by board certification.
Connecticut’s model has been adopted by other states such as New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.