, Salem, MA

June 7, 2013

Grant leads to tree planting on Palmer Street in Salem


---- — SALEM — Palmer Street is a little greener today.

A total of 13 trees were planted yesterday along this street in The Point neighborhood thanks to a community effort that involved YouthBuild North Shore, Salem Sound Coastwatch and the city’s Planning Department and Department of Public Works.

The trees ­— four gingkos, four red maples, three Japanese tree lilacs and two honey locust trees — were purchased through the TD Green Streets program, funded by TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation.

Salem was one of 10 communities awarded urban forestry grants through TD Green Streets, a program that supports forestry initiatives in urban communities. The project was chosen from 60 applications from East Coast states.

Prior to tree planting, volunteers from YouthBuild North Shore, a program of North Shore CDC, and others were trained on best planting practices by arborist Curtis Dragon, owner of Earth Landscapes and a volunteer with Salem Sound Coastwatch.

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