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Growing up in Acton when it was much more rural, Dean spent most of his free time outside with his father, Frank, who was an arborist and small businessman, and Dean was very active in Acton Boy Scout Troop One.  An avid hiker and canoeist, Dean has camped extensively in Maine and the Adirondacks, and has had the opportunity to hike in New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Nepal.   He brought his affinity for the outdoors to bear in his service as Tree Warden for the Town of Acton for thirty-seven years. 

Early in his career with the Town, Dean initiated a number of projects involving enhancing the public access opportunities to our Conservation Lands, including initial work at the area eventually dedicated as the Acton Arboretum, parking lot, boundary designation, and trail improvements at the Spring Hill, Nagog Hill, Nashoba Brook, Grassy Pond, Stoneymeade, and Pratts Brook Conservation areas.

Dean sees the value in preserving and enhancing the bits of nature that touch us every day, especially through proper maintenance of our public parks, conservation areas, and vegetated rights of way.  During his tenure as Tree Warden Acton became the second community in Massachusetts to be designated as a Tree City USA. 

In retirement, Dean still maintains close contacts with the Green Industry, and works as a consultant to several engineers in helping them to comply with the Town of Wellesley Tree Protection Bylaw.

Dean now serves on the Community Preservation Committee and places the highest priority on the purchase of Open Space.