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.

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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

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Volunteers plant trees in Springfield’s Adams Park in Mason Sqaure

27532746585_2b32f0a8e7_oA crew of Berkshire Bank employees and neighborhood residents spent Tuesday afternoon planting trees and plants in Adams Park, in an effort to beautify Mason Square and strengthen the park’s ecosystem.  The planting, funded by a generous donation from Berkshire Bank, was cheered by Mayor Domenic Sarno in a press conference.

“I am just so thankful. The beautification of the park is important for both young and old in this neighborhood,” Sarno said. Sarno described the project as part of the city’s efforts re-green a city which lost thousands of trees during the June 1, 2011 tornado. The city, with the help of the organization ReGreen Springfield, has replanted 4,500 trees since the storm, Sarno said.

Members of ReGreen Springfield, community members and Berkshire Bank employees who were given the day off for a day of community service, donned green tee-shirts and reflective vests to plant shade trees and native shrubs. In addition to beautifying the park, the planting is designed to attract birds and pollinators with the goal of sustaining plant growth in the neighborhood, the city said in a press release.

“These plantings will provide our neighborhood residents to see the value and importance of using native plants and organic alternatives in the care of our greenspace,” Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Patrick Sullivan said in a statement. “The new plantings will make a great difference in the environmental and aesthetic quality of the park.”

ReGreen Springfield President David Bloniarz — who Sarno repeatedly referred to as the city’s Johnny Appleseed — credited volunteers for their work in beautifying Mason Square over the past several years. “I can’t thank the folks from Berkshire Bank enough. This is your third year working up here within a quarter of a mile,” Bloniarz said.” Making a difference in the neighborhood .Making a difference in the quality of life.”

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