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
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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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The Buckland Historical Society’s Hilltown Legacy Tree Project (HLTP) seeks to conserve traditionally significant tree species and woody plant communities in Buckland, MA and adjacent hilltowns of Western Franklin County.

Whereas many tree species that have played a significant role in the socio-economic history of New England are in decline, threatened, or virtually extinct due to pest infestation, disease, or other causes, and traditionally scenic byways and plant communities of social, ecological, and historic significance are at risk of being lost, it is the mission of the HLTP to steward existing and future trees of such esteem so as to conserve their place in our community in order that future generations may enjoy their many benefits.

The Hilltown Legacy Tree Project’s objectives are to:

A. Caretake existing trees of traditional significance

B. Expand the population of traditional, native tree species through planting, monitoring and maintenance of new roadside tree installations

C. Engage multi-generational stewardship teams to co-operatively manage street tree health

D. In rural areas and forested landscapes, maintain the integrity of our scenic New England byways and non-timber forest product –generating species (i.e. maple -syrup, chestnut-nuts, oak – mushroom growing, fir/spruce boughs, tips and trees for holiday decorating etc.) via forest stewardship management planning and vista conservation

E. Promote the transfer of scientific and social technology regarding the care of trees in both urban and rural ecosystems

F. Partner with the town Tree Warden(s) to grow the community’s tree-care program

May 8. 2009

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