Public meeting on Deerfield’s street trees planned

  • Deerfield town offices building just outside the center of town. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

Recorder Staff
Thursday, March 08, 2018

DEERFIELD — The state of local trees will be in the public spotlight next week.

Results from an inventory documenting Deerfield’s public street trees over the past two years will be presented to the public on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Conway Road office building.

“People from Deerfield will have the opportunity to learn about their public street trees at this gathering,” said Mary Chicoine, senior land use and natural resource planner at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, in a statement.

For the inventory, the COG collaborated with the Conway School of Landscape Design through an urban and forestry grant from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

More work funded by the grant, including a tree planting and maintenance plan, is ongoing.

According to Chicoine’s statement, the tree inventory’s purpose is “to provide the Highway Department and Tree Warden with data they can use to help plan for maintenance and planning. Tree inventories are also valuable to help a town acquire funding for tree planting efforts and can help inform the work of town boards and committees.”

At the meeting on Tuesday, “community members will learn about the town-wide, tree-focused ecological assessment the student team has conducted. In addition to talking about the town’s ecological assets and vulnerabilities, landscape design students will discuss strategies for protecting the town’s natural resources, including tree-based solutions.”

Presenting the findings will be students, David Grist, Johnny Slaff, and Sam Freedman, all three of whom are pursuing master’s degrees in ecological design.

“It’s the community members who know their town best,” Grist said. “We want to hear whether we’ve accurately captured what the town’s residents believe are the most important ecological assessments. We hope farmers, town officials, and other residents will be a part of the gathering.”

For more information contact Chicoine at 413-774-3167, ext. 131.