Public Shade Tree Committee


"Trees are the best monuments that man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, & they are blessings to children yet unborn."

-- Lord Orrery, 1749 
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June, 2013 Tree Planting at Stanley Street with residents and 4-H Robotics Club Boys
Source: Tom Lynn, ex-officio Shade Tree Committee Member

The Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee preserves, protects and promotes town shade trees. Because trees provide beauty, shade, breathable air, pure ground water, stable soil and habitat, the Committee concerns itself with getting trees properly selected, planted and cared for throughout the town, and taken into account in town policies and planning. We work in conjunction with the town tree warden to make Amherst a green and pleasant town.

The Committee advises and makes recommendations to the Tree Warden and the Select Board on matters involving public shade trees, including, but not limited to: the replacement of specific dead or dying trees, the species recommended for replacements, the planting of additional trees at specific locations and the species recommended, and the level of funding necessary to carry out these and other recommendations.

  1. Arbor Day Poster Contest The Public Shade Tree Committee organizes an Arbor Day Poster Contest every year for all schools and home schooled students from 4th through 6th grade. The committee received 94 amazing entries last year. The theme was 'Celebrate a Tree'. View for more details.
  2. Neighborhood Tree Planting
    The Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee invites you and your neighborhood to apply to be part of this year's Neighborhood Tree Stewards project.
  3. First Saturday of the month planting.

  • Date Change: Next meeting TUESDAY, May 12, 4 PM.
  • We normally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
  • Location: Town Hall 
Agendas and Minutes
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Shade Tree Committee in the News

How You Can Help
  1. Become a volunteer and help us reach out to the community, plant more trees, etc.
  2. Request a tree!

  3. Make a contribution.  Please send to the below address:
          Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee
          c/o Henry Lappen
         120 Pulpit Hill, # 31
          Amherst, MA 01002
    On the memo line, please write 'Gift Tree Fund'.
       For more information, contact Henry Lappen.

Our committee represented at the New York City Climate Justice March, September 20, 2014

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