Some history: The 1971 Town Meeting adopted all town roads existing at that time as scenic roads as provided by Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 231:157 (formerly RSA 253:17) and the removal and cutting of trees under the jurisdiction of the Planning Board.
Since then, there has been some tree removal and trimming by the Road Agent on selected town roads. Eversource, formerly Public Service of New Hampshire, has done utility line maintenance approximately every five years. The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative’s last major utility maintenance work was around 2003. Individual land owners have had trees removed for new utility line installation.
The statute currently has no criteria for review of trees. It is therefore important to obtain public comment on what is important: views, canopy, road maintenance, safety, tree species, etc. The Planning Board would like public input to determine how to proceed in the future: continue review in the current manner; or revise the process; or completely re-work the process. Please attend and help guide the Planning Board.