Mayor Kim Driscoll announced today that the City of Salem will be starting its Fall tree planting effort later this month. The plantings, which include about 200 new trees in all, will be located on streets in every neighborhood and consist of a wide variety of carefully selected species. The work is expected to last until late November. Every tree species was specifically determined for the particular location where it will be planted by the City’s Tree Warden/Arborist.
“The Arbor Day Foundation has designated Salem a ‘Tree City USA’ since 2001,’ said Mayor Driscoll “We value that designation and are working with partners across Salem to place a high priority on maintaining and managing our public trees.”
Last year, the City completed a pilot phase of a public tree inventory along its entrance corridors and this year it was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to take that inventory city-wide. That work will get underway soon, but in the meantime the City is working now to address empty tree pits as part of this Fall tree planting schedule. The total cost of the Fall plantings comes to approximately $100,000, funded through a combination of sources, including grants, donations, and City funds.