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Community Forest Commission

The Community Forest Commission (CFC) was adopted into the Town Code in January of 2009 (Chapter 16). The purpose of the commission is to recognize and promote the importance of trees in the community and the many benefits they provide.

The CFC is charged with promoting the importance of trees in the community and developing educational resources for property owners and developers in town regarding tree plantings and maintenance.

Native Plants 

The CFC would like to get the message out to restore native trees, shrubs and perennials to our community. Native varieties thrive in local conditions and need less maintenance, because they have evolved and are adapted to our area. Native trees and plants attract and feed local and migrating birds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife that depend on natives for their survival. Please read more about the importance of planting natives through this article by the Connecticut Audubon and this Bringing Nature Home article.

For lists of native plant species check out the following links:

» UCONN tree and shrub database: if you select "Search by Trait" you can select "CT Native" as one of your search features 

» Connecticut Botanical Society: use the drop down menu to select the type of plant that you are looking for   

» Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: use the side bar to narrow your search, be sure to select Connecticut as the state for native options 

» Go Botany: use this simple key to identify plants you see in the wild and want to determine whether they are native 

Below is a short list of places where you may be able to find native plants; please contact a business ahead of time to be sure that they have native plants in stock that meet your planting needs.

For additional locations check out this 2005 DEP (DEEP) Native Tree and Shrub Availability List; due to the age of the document make sure you call ahead to double check availability. 

           Image source: Connecticut Native Tree and Shrub Availabililty List, CT DEP 2005

Watering Practices for Recently Planted Trees

Watering is a critical factor for tree survival after planting. During the first three years after planting, regular watering is necessary.