Three northwestern Massachusetts communities are receiving more than 2000 trees to plant over the next three years.
Greenfield, Montague, and North Adams are each receiving up to 800 trees as part of the tree planting effort in the area.
Franklin Land Trust, a non-profit land conservation organization, told 22News, these three communities are considered to be gateway cities to the forested lands in northwestern Massachusetts which is why they applied for a federal grant program with the U.S. Forest Service.
Partners in this project include the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, which is supplying the more than 2000 trees, along with each of the three communities DPWs, tree wardens, residents and community volunteers.
Tree planting will start in the spring of 2019 to replace dead or dying trees and to be planted where they’re needed.
“Trees will help to curb storm water run off, keep our air and water clean, store carbon, provide shade,” said Melissa Patterson, director of community outreach and education, Franklin Land Trust. “A lot of trees in a city make it much more walkable for residents. There’s just sort of an overall sense of well being for having more trees.”
Patterson told 22News, public meetings will be held in each of the three communities to get input from residents about where trees should go.
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is another partner in this tree planting effort.