Tree Commission

MissionHamden Tree Commission

The mission of the Hamden Tree Commission is to promote the conservation and stewardship of a healthy, safe, and vibrant tree canopy within the Town of Hamden. The Commission is charged with assessing the current tree inventory and canopy cover, developing a tree management plan, and evaluating completed work and programs. The Commission will act as a resource for the community in regards to arboricultural education and planting of new trees. The Commission seeks to increase public understanding of the vital role trees play in our natural environment and character of our community. 


  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Tuesday of every month
  • Hamden Government Center
    2750 Dixwell Avenue
    2nd Floor (Main Floor)
    Hamden, CT 06518


Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Contact Information

If you would like to email the chair of the Tree Commission, please email Thomas Parlapiano at

If you would like to email the Tree Commission, please email


Thomas Parlapiano - Chair
Michael Montgomery
Jill Nathanson
John T. Pierpont Jr


"Notable Trees" Monthly Series

Each month, the Hamden Tree Commission selects a "Notable" tree from a location here in Town. Together, our residents and commission members are highlighting the natural beauty of Hamden. The series began in September 2016 is downloadable via the drop-down menu below. 

If you have a tree you would like to nominate, please send its location, an image and a few sentences describing the tree and what you think makes it notable via email to Alexa Panayotakis. Please include your name, address, email and phone number as well. 

Or you can mail your nomination to the Hamden Tree Commission care of the Mayor's Office located at:
Hamden Government Center
2750 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

Benefits of Trees

  • Trees clean our air
  • Trees provide oxygen
  • Trees shade our neighborhoods
  • Trees reduce noise
  • Trees reduce flooding and soil erosion
  • Trees provide important habitat for wildlife
  • Trees help lower energy costs
  • Trees increase property values
  • Trees increase business in shopping districts
  • Trees help us to stay healthy and feel good
  • Trees beautify our surroundings
  • Trees reduce violence
  • Trees mark the seasons and provide us with a sense of place  

Hamden's Notable Trees