Elm Street Gets an Elm Tree!


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2012 Elm Trees for Sale on Buckland Historical Society Webstore

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Attend the MA/RI Annual Chestnut Foundation Meeting with HLTP 11/14/10

Learn more about bringing the Chestnut tree back in to the Shelburne Falls, MA landscape! Contact HLTP if you want to carpool.

Tentative Schedule:

10:00 to 10:45 Board Meeting & Elections (Board ) Open to Public

11:00 to 11:30 Chestnut for Beginners II (Brad Smith)

11:30 to 11:50 Welcome and TACF WV Annual Meeting Update (Jamie,Kendra,Yvonne and all who attended)

11:50 to 12:10 New England Update (Kendra)

12:10 to 12:30 MA/RI Chapter Annual Update (Jamie,Yvonne & Charlotte)

12:30 to 1:15 Lunch

1:15 to 1:45 Chestnuts in Viterbo Italy (Brad Smith)

1:45 to 2:15 Chestnut in Pre-Industrial America (OSV’s Rich Giordano)

2:15 – 3:15 “TACF Goes to China” (Sara Fitzsimmons)

Everyone is welcome!

You may bring your own sandwich but snacks and drinks must be purchased on site at the Village Cafe.

The MA-TACF Elections and Open Board Meeting will run from 10:00 am to 10:45 am. For specific directions go to www.masschestnut.org or www.osv.org or call 508-898-9529.

Friend them on Facebook at MA/RI Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation or follow their tweets at twitter.com/masschestnut . National foundation: www.acf.org

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HLTP now on Facebook!

Please join our Facebook Page to learn about new plantings and get alerts on how to participate in a planting event.  Look us up at “Hilltown Legacy Tree Project”

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Photo Libraries Now Online

Check the “Photo Libraries” link to the right to see the several trees HLTP has planted so far.

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Map of HLTP Planting Locations

Check out the map of plantings to date!  Date and species planted, as well as the name of the sponsor is listed.

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Buckland, MA Selectmen Proclaim Town Arbor Day 4/30/10

Town of Buckland Arbor Day Proclamation

Whereas,      In 1872, J. Sterling Morton propsed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees, and

Whereas,      This holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska, and

Whereas,      Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world, and

Whereas,      Trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating
and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife, and

Whereas,      Trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products, and

Whereas,      Trees in our town increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community, and

Whereas,      Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.

Now, therefore, we,  the selectmen of the Town of Buckland, Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim, April 30th as Arbor Day in the town of Buckland, and we urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and our woodlands, and further, we urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well being of this and future generations.

Signed Tuesday April 27, 2010

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2010 Community Elm Tree Planting Program

Continuing the efforts begun in 2009, HLTP is continuing to plant and maintain disease resistant elm trees this year. With an award from both the Buckland and Shelburne Local Cultural Councils, the Project will plant a tree in a public way in each community.

Join us on Arbor Day, Friday April 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM at the corner of Cross St. and Upper St. in Buckland Center to help the “Tree Raisers” middle school tree planting squad install the newest tree!

For details on obtaining your own Liberty Elm, refer to last year’s post “2009 Community Elm Tree Planting Program” under CAMPAIGNS on the right navigation bar.  Details and prices are the same in 2010 as in 2009.

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american elm cropSponsorship Opportunities

In 2009 HLTP is offering to plant six foot Dutch Elm Disease resistant Liberty Elm street trees in area towns.  To guarantee the success of these majestic trees, we provide you with the following services:

  • Students from Mohawk Trail Middle School, supervised by their teacher, will dig a hole, test the soil for significant macro-nutrients and pH, add necessary organic fertilizers and limestone, and plant your elm tree. 
  • An OozeTube irrigation bladder will be installed around your tree in order to adequately water and train your new tree for the first growing season.
  • Data will be taken, such as height, address and GPS coordinates location, and be filed with the Liberty Elm Tree Institute. 
  • Your tree will come with a lifetime warranty against Dutch Elm Disease, and two years of monitoring.
  • You will receive a certificate of dedication to keep or gift, which announces the tree’s location and person or organization for whom the tree was planted.

 Price: $200

Contact Stacy Kontrabecki at
413.625.9203 contact her at the email address listed under”Links” on this website
to reserve your tree today! Read the rest of this entry »

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Buckland’s Hilltown Legacy Tree Project Receives Liberty Tree Memorial Award

America Elm

American Elm

Disease Resistant Liberty Elm to be Planted and Dedicated at Riverfest

Members of a Mohawk Trail Regional Middle School science class will help plant and care for a 14-foot-tall elm tree on a patch of land in front of the Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom overlooking the Deerfield River in Buckland. The dedication of the tree will happen during Riverfest, the celebration of the Deerfield River, at noon on June 13. The public is invited to the dedication of this large tree. Several local and state politicians and school officials have been invited to attend. The town received a Liberty Tree Memorial grant through the Elm Research Institute, a New England nonprofit.

The Buckland Historical Society’s Hilltown Legacy Tree Project (HLTP) initiated the planting. It recently planted an elm tree at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School and one in Upper Buckland. Wayne Kermenski’s seventh grade StemRays club have dug holes for trees and have been taking care of trees that the HLTP has bought through grants from the Buckland and Shelburne Cultural Councils. The Mohawk students also will care for the trees in their first two years as they become established.

Because of the grant, Buckland has been named a Liberty Tree Memorial town. Over the past 10 years, more than 300 towns have been granted this designation.

The HLTP seeks to conserve traditionally significant tree species and woody plant communities in Buckland and adjacent hilltowns of Western Franklin County. To have an elm tree planted at your home or business, or to make a donation.

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