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. Second Saturday Plantings.
    Join us Saturday, July 14, along Palley Village and Old Belchertown Roads, 9 AM - Noon.
  2. Neighborhood Tree Planting
    We invites your neighborhood to apply for next year's project.  This year, we will plant trees along Stanley St. and Tamarack Dr on October 28.
  3. Arbor Day Poster Contest 
    We organize
    an annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for schools and homeschool students gr. 4 - 6.  We are currently looking for teachers who want to do this with their classrooms.


  • Tuesday, July 10, 5:30 PM, at Town Hall.
  • We normally meet at town hall on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and we start each meeting with a public comment period.  Come tell us your thoughts about your public street trees!

Site Visits: Join us to discuss the fate of these trees

  • Monday, July 23, 6:30 PM - East Hadley Road.  Addition of bike lanes may require some tree removals.
  • Monday, July 23, 5:45 PM - East Pleasant Street by Olympia Drive.  A new bus stop will affect some trees.

Agendas and Minutes:

How You Can Help

  1. Join us on our monthly plantings, usually the second Saturday of April, May, June, July and September.  Or  volunteer to help us with outreach and advocacy.

  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
    Write checks to the Town of Amherst, with 'Gift Tree Fund' on the memo line.
       For more information, contact Henry Lappen.

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

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