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

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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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