We are to be good stewards of our environment, both as individuals and collectively as a town. To do this we need strong and enforceable tree ordinances with meaningful financial penalties. Our tree canopy not only needs to be maintained, but it needs to grow. Through the guidance of advisory committees of citizens knowledgeable in indigenous species, we need to encourage our citizens to plant wisely, to not plant invasive species and to provide a habitat for the wildlife in our town both large and small. Our parks and recreation department should be an example to everyone by abiding by these guidelines.