Rowe- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) today announced the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Urban and Community Forestry Program has chosen the Town of Rowe to receive a Mass ReLeaf Grant totaling $6,250. This funding will allow Rowe to plant 25 trees to replace hazard trees removed as part of the National Grid ACT program.
“Planting these 25 trees in Rowe will go farther than just replacing what was once lost- this is about community renewal, environmental stewardship and pride in our beautiful open spaces,” said Downing.
DCR’s Mass ReLeaf Program is a trust fund for public tree planting projects in Massachusetts. By seeking public or private funding, Mass ReLeaf is able to provide matching grants to support local projects that involve a partnership in the planting and care of trees on public land. The goals of the program are to help communities purchase trees to be planted for energy conservation, screening, community gateway or parking lot enhancement, or to offset urban pollution and to assure long-term tree survival by emphasizing proper tree selection, planting, aftercare and maintenance.
The funds being awarded to the Rowe are from a $250,000 donation to the Mass ReLeaf Trust Fund from National Grid designated for projects replacing hazard trees they once removed.
In this grant round DCR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program will award grants to 18 communities and nonprofit groups statewide totaling $112,430.