"Trees are the best monuments that man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, & they are blessings to children yet unborn."
-- Lord Orrery, 1749
June, 2013 Tree Planting at Stanley Street with residents and 4-H Robotics Club Boys Source: Tom Lynn, ex-officio Shade Tree Committee Member
The Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee preserves, protects and promotes town shade trees. Street trees provide beauty, shade, breathable air, pure ground water, stable soil and habitat for wildlife. Therefore, our committee works in conjunction with the town tree warden to get trees properly selected, planted and cared for throughout town. We also work to ensure that trees get taken into account in town policies and planning. Our hope is to make Amherst a greener and lovlier town.
The Committee advises and makes recommendations to the Tree Warden and the Select Board on matters involving public shade trees, including, but not limited to: the replacement of dead or dying trees, the species recommended for replacements, the planting of additional trees, and the level of funding necessary to carry out these and other recommendations. Additionally, we educate the public about the importance and benefits of town shade trees.
Neighborhood Tree Planting We invites your neighborhood to apply for this year's project. Last year, we planted 18 trees on Potwine Lane.
Arbor Day Poster Contest
We organizean annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for schools and homeschooled students gr. 4 - 6. We are currently looking for teachers who want to do this with their classrooms.
Next meeting Tuesday, April 4, 4:30 PM. (one week early)
We normally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and we start each meeting with a public comment period. Come tell us your thoughts about your public street trees!
Location: Town Hall
Celebrate Arbor Month with us!
Saturday, 4/1/17, Join us in cleaning up a large arbor vitae hedge along
University Drive near the Big Y plaza.
9AM - Noon
Saturday, 4/8/17, Second Saturday Tree Planting along Amity and
Lincoln Streets, 9 AM - Noon
Thursday, 4/13, Plant a memorial tree for John Musante,
Amherst Common, Noon
Saturday, 4/22, Sustainability Festival on the Common
Visit our booth and get a free tree!
Friday, 4/28, Arbor Day of Service with the Stockbridge School
Site Visits: Join us to discuss the fate of these trees!
None upcoming. Below are the last few we had:
University Drive: Possible removal of row of arborvitaes for site lines to route 9, November 1 - Most saved. A few at the ends will be removed. Replacement trees will be planted!
1 East Pleasant Street: Possible removal of one crabapple for construction, November 1 - Removed due to ill health.
Make a contribution. Please send to the below address:
Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee
c/o Henry Lappen
120 Pulpit Hill, # 31
Amherst, MA 01002
Write checks to the Town of Amherst, with 'Gift Tree Fund' on the memo line.