Welcome to Regreen Springfield!

Through our tree advocacy efforts, ReGreen Springfield has collaborated with businesses, community organizations, educational partners and government agencies to promote the reforestation of Springfield, improve growing conditions for trees and engage new allies in tree care and monitoring.

ReGreen Springfield realizes that strength of our city is found in the neighborhoods. With that as the foundation for our work, we have embarked on an effort to partner with civic associations, religious institutions, businesses and other advocacy groups to assist in helping to ‘regreen’ the city.

Please join Regreen Springfield in this reforestation effort by planting a tree in your own yard, helping to plant trees along our streets and in our parks, or donate your time or funds to neighborhood regreening efforts. With your help, Springfield’s urban forest will be restored… one tree at a time. To learn more about us, visit Contacts using the link at the top menubar.

To assist in the Regreen Springfield effort, please join us a a Member, or spend some time with us as a Volunteer. Click a button to see how you can help.

‘Our City Forest’ Program Reaches City Students

IMG_7321The program is called “Our City Forest” – a free program for area students run by Springfield Parks Department, ReGreen Springfield, and the U.S Forest Service.

The thought is if they work with kids early on, it provides long-term benefits for students and the city. “The neat thing about this project here. It’s taken place in an area…an area of a lot of crime, but if we can have the youth focus in on projects where they won’t join a gang. The idea is to keep them out of the gangs, in school, enrich their education,” explained David Bloniarz of the U.S. Forest Service.

The mission is to use hands-on activities, like tree bingo, to learn what we can find in our own urban activities.  “What they can see in their own urban spaces.  We’re not looking at big deers or things like that.  We’re looking at raccoons, coyotes, birds, and all the other things they’ll see in Forest Park, Blunt Park, or Van Horn,” said Bloniarz. “It gives you a learning experience for life and to encourage you to do things to help out the community,” added 10-year-old Samara Abraham.

Click Here to learn more about the ‘Our City Forest’ program.

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Earth Day Planting in Upper Hill Neighborhood

IMG_7105Approximately 40 Regreen Springfield volunteers gathered on April 22nd, on Albemarle Street in Upper Hill, armed with shovels and pails to celebrate Earth Day by planting 49 new shade trees. The trees were donated by the Berkshire Bank Foundation and those doing the work included volunteers from Berkshire Bank, the University of Massachusetts, Cathedral and Central High Schools along with city forestry workers.

Edward Casey, the city forester, started the morning by giving instructions to the gathered volunteers on best practices for making sure the trees grow well and stay healthy. The project included three varieties of shade trees that should grow about 50 feet high, he said.

“I think it’s a great thing to be planting trees on Earth Day,” Casey said. “It’s fantastic that we are getting some help with funding from Berkshire Bank and as always ReGreen Springfield steps to the plate and helps us get these streets planted.”

The Upper Hill neighborhood, particularly side streets along Wilbraham Road, has a significant shortage of trees that the city, corporations and volunteers are striving to address, Casey said. Getting 49 trees on one street is a “home run,” Casey said.  “It’s a great thing to do,” said Kyle Kazeroid of Chicopee, a Cathedral High School student volunteering with ReGreen Springfield. “We’re just making the city a better place. It’s great to help everyone out.”

David Bloniarz, president of ReGreen Springfield, said the the project was a great opportunity for the group to continue its mission to “re-green the streets on tree at a time. Based on the residents response, we really think we are providing something that provides a great benefit to the quality of life for the neighborhoods of the city,” Bloniarz said.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno praised the project as “another example of the collaborative approach the city embraces as we continue our efforts to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

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Regreen Springfield Participates in Earth Day Festival

IMG_6899On Sunday, April 19th, Regreen Springfield, and 10 other groups celebrated Earth Day at the Springfield Museums.  The event featured informational exhibits, entertainment and other educational activities that highlight the importance of environmental stewardship and conservation.

The day-long Earth Day Festival was held for the 26th year at the Quadrangle and was attended by hundreds of visitors. Regreen Springfield provided information on tree selection and planting tips.  The City of Springfield Forestry Division distributed Concolor Fir seedlings to festival attendees.

Other activities and exhibits at the Festival included the following:

  • Center for EcoTechnology Renewable Resources Display
  • Springfield DPW Recycling Display
  • Massachusetts Wildlife Angler Education Program
  • Keep Springfield Beautiful Great American Cleanup
  • United Water Environmental Services Wastewater Treatment Model
  • Springfield Water and Sewer Commission Drinking Water Display
  • ECOS (Environmental Center for Our Schools) Exploring Nature & Paper Making Activity
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