Public Shade Tree Committee
"Trees are the best monuments that man can erect to his own
memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and 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. 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.
- 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'. Click here for more details.
- 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.
- First Saturday of the month planting.
How you can help
1. Become a volunteer and help us reach out to communities, plant more trees etc.
2. Request a tree!
3. Make a contribution.
Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee
586 S. Pleasant St.
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, 9/20/14