SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – National Arbor Day is Friday, but Springfield will celebrate Thursday with a tree-planting ceremony.

City Forester Alex Sherman, representatives of “Re-Green Springfield” and members of the Springfield Fire Department will meet at the Baystate Mason Square Neighborhood Heath Center at 12:30 Thursday afternoon.

They will plant a tree to celebrate Arbor Day and to thank the medical workers and first responders there for their tireless efforts through the pandemic.

Mayor Sarno stated, “Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management Director Patrick Sullivan and I want to thank ReGreen Springfield President Dave Bloniarz, City Forester Alex Sherman and the medical team at the Baystate Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center for working with the Greening the Gateway Cities Program team to honor our medical personnel and first responders with this tree planting ceremony as we come together to celebrate Arbor Day.  I want to acknowledge and thank our dedicated Forestry Division for maintaining these vital resources for our city.  I am proud of our city’s commitment to tree planting, conservation and environmental stewardship as we are once again recognized as a Tree City USA ”