Effective May 2021 – Tree/Vegetation Removal Policy

Vegetation Removal Policy – Effective 5/19/21
The BOD voted in favor of a revised version of the vegetation (aka tree) removal policy last week.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback.  Everything you wrote was taken into consideration for this revised policy.

  • All tree cutting and “vista pruning” activities within 100 feet of the lake or any other regulated wetland, or 200 feet from any perennial tributary to the lake (Bluefield Brook, Bear Meadow Brook, Estes Brook, and Harris Brook) are subject to review and approval by the Ashburnham or Winchendon Conservation Commission.  Members seeking approval to cut or prune trees in areas subject to Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act jurisdiction must provide the Association with a copy of all applications and other correspondence with the Conservation Commission prior to any agency hearing or decision on the request, as well as a copy of the final approval, prior to any cutting activity.
  • All cutting of trees with a diameter greater than 4 inches, measured at 1 foot above grade within 10 feet of any Far Hills Association road must be approved in advance by the Board of Directors or their designee.