"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
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.