Esplanade Tree Pruning Work to Start Monday, December 3

Have you ever noticed downed tree limbs after a big storm? Strong winds and heavy rain/snow can damage trees, especially those that are older or structurally weak. An essential way to keep trees healthy and safe for Park users is pruning! Through a collaborative process involving the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Esplanade Association (EA) annually contracts with local tree care experts to complete pruning work in accordance with the most recent American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards for tree care.

Starting today, until Friday, December 14, one of our vendors will be in the park pruning trees on the Esplanade islands, moving east to west. There should be minimal impacts to use of the pathways. This vendor’s work will result in 188 trees being pruned in 2018.

Pruning is part of EA’s larger strategy to care for Park trees. During Fall 2017, EA hired Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture (KZLA), to develop a comprehensive Tree Care Management and Succession Plan. The plan builds off of an existing tree inventory completed in 2015 to create a multi-year maintenance plan and diversified tree planting plan. View the draft plan here: and look out for the final plan in early 2019!

Are you interested in supporting tree care? Donate here.

Together with your support, we are ensuring a healthy tree canopy for future generations!