Volunteers plant an Amelanchier or "Serviceberry" tree along Wilmont Street in the lower Forest Park Neighborhood of Springfield, MA. The Earth Day event was sponsored by ReGreen Springfield and Western Mass. Electric Co.
Volunteers planted trees at an Earth Day observance in Springfield, Massachusetts today. The city is slowly recovering from the loss of thousands of trees during the June tornado and October snowstorm in 2011.
Thirty trees of various shade and ornamental species are being planted along a residential street in the densely populated lower Forest Park neighborhood to replace trees that had to be removed because of disease and decay. The tree planting is being done by the volunteer-run nonprofit ReGreen Springfield with a donation from Western Massachusetts Electric Company.
In the two years since a tornado tore through Springfield, Massachusetts a volunteer effort has spearheaded the planting of thousands of new trees. The work is being done as the U.S. Forest Service conducts a study on the environmental impacts from the loss of the urban tree canopy.
More than 4,400 new trees have been planted in Springfield in the last two years in an effort to restore, largely for later generations, the shade trees that lined streets and filled public parks prior to the June 1, 2011 tornado.