Regreen Springfield has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for programming related to the upcoming Citizen Science Initiative and the Community Tree Steward Project that will be undertaken beginning in April.
As a component of the National Disaster Resilience Competition’s Community Engagement component, on Climate Change and the Environment, the City’s partner ReGreen Springfield will undertake two programs that engage the community in environmental work. These programs educate the community about the impacts of climate change while providing volunteer assistance that enhances the capacity to care for trees and collect data regarding the natural world and changing environmental conditions.
The Community Tree Steward Program will recruit, train and engage volunteer community residents in all aspects of tree plating, care and stewardship of trees throughout the Urban Watershed District.
The Community-Based Citizen Science Initiative will engage neighborhood residents, youth, students and others in gathering scientific data related to weather, air and water quality, ecosystem services and sustainability in the Urban Watershed Resilience Zone.The project will use software and protocols developed by the U.S. Forest Service, and will enhance that agency’s new urban research projects.
The solicitation for qualified proposals to carry out educational sessions for community residents is due on March 27, 2017 by 5:00 PM (Eastern).
To view and download a copy of the RFP, Click Here.
Harriet Tubman Park on Hickory Street
On Saturday, November 19th, a team of 20 volunteers from C&S Wholesale Grocers and Pope Francis High School, joined interns and Board members from Regreen Springfield, in helping to finish the restoration of Harriet Tubman Park, in Springfield’s Six Corners Neighborhood. Over 80 cubic yards of wood chips were spread under all of the play equipment in the Park. Earlier this fall, 22 new trees were planted in the Park, areas were weeded, trees were mulched and other restoration work was completed.
The work to install the wood chips was undertaken by the team, in partnership with the City of Springfield Parks Department who provided tools, wheel barrows and the wood chips. Through the work of Regreen Springfield and the Parks Department, the Park is now ready for full use for the first time since the June 2011 tornado.
Spreading wood chips in the play area of the Park.
This project was a great opportunity to involve many partners in the community regreening and enhancement project. Verizon Wireless, the University of Massachusetts, Pope Francis High School, C&S Grocers, the National Arbor Day Foundation, CSX Railroad, the Alliance for Community Trees, Regreen Springfield, the Springfield Parks Department and residents of the Hickory Street neighborhood helped to make this project a success.
The Johnny Appleseed Orchard received some fall clean up work this week, as workers and volunteers helped to prepare the site for winter. Weeding, edging of the planting beds and other maintenance efforts were undertaken on Saturday, November 19th. The Orchard will receive some additional attention this week, including the installation of rodent protection around the trunks of the trees in order to keep animals from eating the bark over the cold winter.
Pruning of the Orchard is planned for February, when cold temperatures make it ideal for removing unwanted branching on the fruit trees. The Orchard contains over 30 fruit trees, fruit producing bushes and flowering perennials.