The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is pleased to announce the 2014 Spring Season Reforestation Kick-Off.

Act quickly to secure your trees for the upcoming season. Funding is limited, so if you are located within the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) regulated area (shown below), make sure to call soon so you don’t miss out on this opportunity for free trees.

 

Boundaries showing the areas of Auburn included in the ALB regulated zone.

Boundaries showing the areas of Auburn included in the ALB regulated zone.

All property owners within the impacted area are eligible to have trees planted on their property at no cost, whether trees have been removed as part of the eradication program or not. In the spirit of diversifying the urban forest, property owners will be able to choose from a large variety of tree species.

This DCR program is different from the Worcester Tree Initiative Tree Giveaway.  Residents must be within the ALB regulated area (see map) in order to qualify for the DCR program.  Any resident of Auburn – or any town in the watch area – can receive trees through Worcester Tree Initiative.

After scheduling an appointment, DCR Foresters will meet with property owners to conduct a site visit at the property to discuss tree selection and proper placement. DCR will return at a later date to plant the trees at no cost to the property owner.

DCR Foresters are now scheduling appointments for trees that will be planted during the spring 2014 planting season which will run from April to June. The replanting program is funded with support from the State of Massachusetts and the USDA Forest Service.

Call the Reforestation hotline at (508) 852-8073 to participate in this program.