Regreening Old Hill

Verizon Wireless and UMass Help Regreen Plant Trees at Harriett Tubman Park

img_0255On Wednesday, October 12th, volunteers from Verizon Wireless joined Regreen Springfield and the City of Springfield Forestry Division in planting new trees at Harriett Tubman Park, in the Old Hill Neighborhood of the city.  The new trees, paid for through a grant from the National Arbor Day Foundation and CSX Railroad replaced trees lost in the 2011 tornado which destroyed all of the existing trees in the Park.  Tubman Park is located on Hickory Street, along the Mill River, and the new trees will help to reduced water runoff and erosion, and also filter the water that flows through the Park into the river.

The new trees include Hickory, Crabapple, Red Maple, Sugar Maple and Black Locust.  Regreen Springfield will be preparing an i-Tree report on the project benefits, in partnership with the Alliance for Community Trees.  In addition to volunteers from Verizon Wireless, students from the University of Massachusetts assisted in the planting effort.

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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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