Town receives Tree City USA Award
BROOKLINE – The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) presented the 2013 Tree City USA Awards to 76 Massachusetts communities, including Longmeadow, and the Tree Line USA award to National Grid, a long and faithful supporter of the DCR Urban Forestry program.
“DCR is proud of the cities and towns across the Commonwealth that have devoted so many resources to planting and caring for their trees,” said DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert, who presented the awards. “It is important to continue this work and honor arborists statewide following the damage done to trees during the unusual weather events of the past two years.”
The awards are sponsored by the National Arbor Day foundation to honor communities committed to urban forestry. To receive designation as an official Tree City, municipalities must meet four criteria: they must establish a department devoted to tree care, spend at least $2 per capita per year on urban forestry, enforce laws protecting public trees, and host an Arbor Day celebration. The awards recognizes communities that meet certain baseline requirements for urban and community forestry programs.
Massachusetts has the largest number of participating Tree City USA communities in New England, and has participated in the Tree City USA Program for the past 30 years. The program is offered by the National Arbor Day Foundation, but it is administered in each state by designated environmental agencies. The program recognizes communities that meet certain baseline requirements for urban and community forestry programs.
The Tree City USA and Tree Line USA awards programs are sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, and are administered by DCR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program.
Pre-schooler and Mom Give Time to Community Organization
LONGMEADOW – AnnMarie Hawking-Golden and three year old Abbie Golden were recently spending their morning at the non profit Link to Libraries labeling books. Link to Libraries has children label the books to be donated. This is part of their youth volunteer community service programs which engages youngsters from three to 18 yrs. to become part of a non profit organization from the earliest stages. Link to Libraries offers numerous community service programs for children of all ages to get involved and learn the importance of giving back to their community.
Susan Jaye-Kaplan, co-founder, stated “We know this is our next generation and it is most important to engage the young at the earliest time. Youngsters like Abbie learn the win-win feelings of doing something good and fun for others.”