Tree Care White Papers
Trees and woody shrubs are an important part of the overall interpretation of Historic New England’s historic sites. It can be a management challenge to prioritize tree and shrub work because trees require continual care and maintenance during their life. Historic New England manages that care based on clearly defined criteria, while also balancing the financial realities of caring for more than 1,350 acres of land. Additionally the landscape is constantly evolving with the natural introduction of volunteer trees, whether of native or exotic invasive species.
Historic New England has four goals for the management (PDF) of its collection of trees and woody shrubs:
Practice sound risk management to protect both the public and the historic resources
Enhance the interpretation of each site through the care, selective removal, and planting of trees and woody shrubs
Promote the health and sustainability of the trees and woody shrubs as well as the natural ecosystems
Perform all of these activities within the organization's established budget
Tree Care Topics