The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Greening the Gateways Tree Planting Program recently announced the award of $1.5 million dollars in funding to the City of Springfield to plant trees in the McKnight, Old Hill and Upper Hill neighborhoods. Free trees will be planted in the yards of residents throughout these neighborhoods. The funding will be released over a three-year period. Regreen Springfield will play an active role in the program by providing community outreach to residents living in these areas.
The Greening the Gateway Cities program is designed to bring energy efficiency and environmental benefits of a healthy tree canopy to Gateway Cities – former industrial cities in Massachusetts for targeted redevelopment efforts. To date, over 8,000 trees have been planted throughout 13 Gateway Cities. Springfield is the latest city join in this effort.
Along with higher energy efficiency, Gateway Cities will see benefits such as:
- A reduction in storm water runoff;
- Better air quality;
- An increase in property values and tax receipts;
- Increase the urban tree canopy 5-10% in select neighborhoods in Springfield in order to reduce heating and cooling costs and improve health and safety for residents.
To learn more about the program, and to see if you are eligible to receive a free tree for your yard, visit www.shademyhome.org
We’re ready to move forward with our work on getting the Arboretum at Forest Park ready for the public, and to advance its role in helping to teach folks about trees and forests.
We would like you to our 2018 Spring Get Together, at Regreen Springfield’s offices, to discuss our goals for 2018 and plan our work for the season. Your attendance will help to ensure we get off to a great start to achieving our goals for 2018, including:
Tag 200 trees by June 1st
Submit our grant application for National Accreditation by July 30th
Develop a mechanism for volunteer teams to get organized and communicate with each other, in order to maximize your volunteer efforts at the Arboretum
Having fun while we are it!
The gathering will be on March 20th, at 6:00 PM on the third floor of the Regreen office, One Federal Street, Springfield, MA
For more information, visit www.regreenspringfield.org/arboretumdashboard
FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Please Join Us For Our Harvest Celebration…
Please come join us for our annual fall harvest event that we will be holding at Appleseed Orchard. All friends and family are welcome to help with this event. .
Please come join us on October 21st from 12:00 NOON – 2:00 PM and celebrate our years harvest.
This season has produced apples, pears, blueberries, and cherries. We will be harvesting apples at the event and bringing additional fruits from local orchard for eating and sharing. There is no charge for this event.
Appleseed Orchard is maintained by volunteers such as yourself, so come learn how you can join us as we continue to make the orchard flourish. Your help will be beneficial to us as we will continue to plant new trees.
The Orchard is located at Locust and Rifle street at Johnny Appleseed Park.
To learn more, visit www.regreenspringfield.org
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