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Connecticut Tree Wardens

How to Contact Your Tree Warden  |  Tree Warden Qualifications  |  Important State Laws

Tree wardens are appointed public officials responsible for trees alongside public roads and in public spaces, other than those on state property or under the jurisdiction of a park commission.  Each municipality is required to have a tree warden.

The tree warden's responsibilities include approving the planting, pruning or removal of trees under his or her authority. Public safety is among the chief concerns of the tree warden. 

How to Contact Your Tree Warden

Use this map to find contact information for Connecticut's tree wardens. Listings are based on information provided by the municipality and do not include borough or village tree wardens, or deputy tree wardens. 

Tree Warden Qualifications

Effective in 2013, each city and town is required to appoint as tree warden or as deputy tree warden an individual who meets, within one year of appointment, the requirements as set forth in Section 23-59a of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS). An individual may meet these requirements either by completing the coursework outlined in the statute or by being licensed as an arborist in Connecticut. Individuals who do not meet these requirements are not eligible for reappointment.    

For more information about these requirements, including details as to how these requirements can be met through the Tree Warden School, please visit the UConn Extension Tree Warden Outreach page.

State Laws Regarding Tree Wardens and Roadside Trees

CGS Section 13a-140   Removal of trees along state highways. Penalties established by municipalities. 

CGS Section 16-234   Rights of adjoining proprietors. Utility responsibilities regarding publicly owned trees. 

CGS Section 23-58   Tree wardens; appointment; compensation; supervision. 

CGS Section 23-59   Powers and duties of tree wardens. 

CGS Section 23-59a  Required coursework for tree wardens. 

CGS Section 23-60   Appropriations. Public trees; removals. 

CGS Section 23-65   Regulations and permits regarding roadside trees and shrubs.

For a more complete listing of Laws and Regulations relating to trees, please see the Compilation of Connecticut's Tree Laws

Additional information:

Tree Wardens Association of Connecticut  |  UConn Extension Tree Warden Outreach Program

Trees and Urban Forests: Learn More  | Forestry Main Page

For questions or comments, please contact: 

Danica Doroski
Urban Forestry Coordinator 
DEEP Forestry
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106