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

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Regreening Springfield’s X Commercial District Design Workshop

X Green Streets Flyer (small)Regreening Springfield’s X Commercial District
Design Workshop – Thursday, Feb 11th, 4:30-6:00 PM
Forest Park Library Community Room

Please plan to attend this exciting event! Regreen Springfield is working with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the Conway School of Design, the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, and the City of Springfield to develop a greening proposal for the Springfield X commercial district of the city, in order to determine the feasibility of the installation ‘green street’ components in neighborhoods. This project is being funded by the US Forest Service, and will be replicated in Chicopee and Holyoke following completion of the effort in Springfield.

Please plan to join us at the workshop, which features development of conceptual plans for the area and take-home information on using trees in the landscape, including your own yard.

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