Regreening East Forest Park

Hot, Dry Weather Continues

20160816_MA_trd (1)The Springfield area is severe drought situation, and it looks like it will be continuing through the remainder of the year.  This summer, we are down nearly 3 inches from normal rainfall levels.

What this means is that trees planted this year, or any of the past four years or so, need to be watered in order to survive these dry conditions.  Deep root watering is important, and it needs to be done now. Without your help, young street trees and park trees will not be able to withstand the extreme conditions.

Please help and water a tree… in front of your home, your neighbor’s house or anywhere that you see a young tree.  If you see a Gatorbag watering system attached to a tree, please fill it with 10 or 20 gallons of water.  Just lift the tag at the top of the bag, and pour the water into the green bag.  You will be doing a world of good… one tree at a time.

For more information on watering trees, visit www.regreenspringfield.org/water.

 

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Forest Park Arboretum Volunteer Continue Work in Forest Park

27468091275_238dbbef31_oOver the past few weeks, community volunteers working at ‘Arboretum Assistants’ have mapped and gathered information on over 100 new trees in Forest Park, which now brings the total to nearly 300 trees.  The location information, along with the tree species, size and other details will entered into the arboretum database, as part of the ongoing effort to create the first Class 3 Arboretum in the region.

Using smartphone mapping and data collection technology, teams of volunteers have been canvasing various sectors of the park collecting information and photos. In early August, aluminum tree tags will be attached to the first 50 trees in the Arboretum, and subsequent trees will be tagged as part of several work sessions planned for September.

If you would like to participate in this exciting effort, please let us know, and we can get you up to speed.  You will learn to identify trees, or fine tune your skills, and take part in an new community education initiative that will make a difference in the lives of urban residents.

To assist, just send an email to info@regreenspringfield.org

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Regreening Springfield’s “X” – Design Proposals to be Presented Mon., Feb 29th 3:30 PM

X Green Streets Flyer (SESSION 2)Design Concepts to be Presented: Regreening Springfield’s “X” Commercial District

Monday, Feb 29th, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Forest Park Library Community Room
380 Belmont Avenue, Springfield, MA

Please plan to attend the second session on ‘green streets’, urban forestry and the development of regreening plans for the “X” commercial district. This session will provide for an opportunity to learn more about the value of trees in Springfield, and to review the work that the Conway School of Design team has completed on green street improvements at the “X”.

Join our interactive session to learn more about the benefits urban trees have on the community and the different components of green streets. Plan to join us at this FREE event, enjoy some light refreshments and share in the celebration of greenspace in the neighborhood. The design concepts that have been developed by the student team are outstanding, and your feedback is critical to their finalization and value as a community asset for years to come. Your input is needed and welcomed.

You will also learn about how you can participate in helping to care and maintain for the trees in your yard, neighborhoods, in our parks and along our streets. Also, details on how you can receive a new shade tree this spring will be provided at the session. This is a great opportunity to help play a role in regreening the city… one tree at a time.

Please forward this message and attachment to help inform others of this important community effort.

Date, Time and Location: Monday, February 29th – 3:30 to 5:00 PM at Forest Park Branch Library

Click on the image above to view workshop flyer.

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