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. Street trees provide beauty, shade, breathable air, pure ground water, stable soil and habitat for wildlife.  Therefore, our committee works in conjunction with the town tree warden to get trees properly selected, planted and cared for throughout town.  We also work to ensure that trees get taken into account in town policies and planning. Our hope is to make Amherst a greener and lovlier 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 dead or dying trees, the species recommended for replacements, the planting of additional trees, and the level of funding necessary to carry out these and other recommendations.  Additionally, we educate the public about the importance and benefits of town shade trees.

  1. Arbor Day Poster Contest 
    We organize
    an Arbor Day Poster Contest every year for all schools and home schooled students from 4th through 6th grade. 
  2. Neighborhood Tree Planting
    We invites your neighborhood to apply to be part of this year's Neighborhood Tree Stewards project.
  3. First Saturday of the month planting.
    We find a spot needing trees in town and we plant them.  Join us!

  • Next meeting TUESDAY, October 13, 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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