Pittsfield- Today, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) announces that the City of Pittsfield has been awarded an Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant in the amount of $8,220 from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
“With this grant funding from DCR and the volunteer efforts and contributions from the Hebert Arboretum and the City’s Department of Public Works, these trees will now receive the care needed to ensure they thrive and continue to add beauty and texture to Pittsfield,” stated Downing.
This funding will assist in providing arboricultural care for six trees identified by the City as Heritage Trees; three Elms located along the City’s main corridors and three Sugar Maples located on Campus at Berkshire Community College. Through necessary pruning maintenance and cabling performed by a professional arborist, Pittsfield is seeking to preserve these important urban trees. The Hebert Arboretum, a volunteer organization working to beautify Springside Park in Pittsfield, and the Pittsfield DPW will provide project support through in-kind labor and use of equipment.
The Massachusetts Urban and Community Forestry Program helps communities and nonprofit organizations grow, manage and protect community trees and forest ecosystems with the overarching mission of improving the environment and enhancing communities across the Commonwealth. The Urban and Community Forestry Program offers 50-50 matching grants, technical assistance, training, recognition awards, and guidance on state-level urban forestry policy issues to Massachusetts communities.
For more information on The Urban and Community Forestry Program through DCR, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/stewardship/forestry/urban/index.htm.