A post by Special Guest Blogger Gwen Kozlowski, Stewardship & Education Manager of the Lowell Parks and Conversation Trust.
Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust (LPCT), MA Audubon Society (MAS) Drumlin Farm, and the Lowell High School Freshman Academy Compass Program celebrated Arbor Day by planting a tree on school grounds. Students presented a brief history of Arbor Day and described the reasons why they chose a red maple tree. Family members and representatives of the city were invited for a reception following the planting.
The mission of the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust is to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through the creation, conservation, and preservation of parks, open spaces and special places. Jane Calvin, Executive Director of LPCT, said that, “Arbor Day is a way for Lowell to celebrate its commitment to how trees contribute to the quality of life in our city by providing shade, improving air quality, and enhancing property. Working with youth is the perfect opportunity to share the city’s natural resources with the next generation of stewards.” LPCT will donate the tree through funds provided by the City of Lowell’s Community Development Block Grant Program.
Lowell is designated as a Tree City USA; LPCT partners with the City of Lowell to plant 100-150 trees per year throughout the city. The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities across America.