The Community Forestry Collection was established in 1981 and is one of the first collections established at the Arboretum. Between 1981 and 1995, several grants combined with the assistance of the Maine Forest Service made it possible to establish the variety of plantings seen here today. Much of the work in establishing this collection was overseen by Alfred (Skip) Johnson, who served as director from 1990 – 1997.
This collection presents visitors with examples of tree species that have been frequently planted along street ways, in median strips, town parks, parkways, and other urban or community settings. There are many considerations when choosing tree species for a community setting. How do their root systems spread, will they be disruptive to structures such as water lines and foundations? Do the leaf and branching patterns offer optimal shade? Is the tree aesthetically pleasing? Each of the trees showcased here represent popular examples of one, or all of the qualities mentioned above. If you are looking to plant some trees in your own yard space, this is an excellent opportunity to observe some star candidates.
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