The Massachusetts Arborists Association (MAA) recently announced a new volunteer initiative called Arbor Day of Service. MAA President Chris McGinty, MCA, said that the new program will, “build on the success of our association’s traditional celebration by creating a state-wide volunteer service day on Arbor Day, Friday, April 30, 2010.”
Since 1979, MAA members have come together, annually, as a group to provide much needed tree care at non-profit sites throughout the Commonwealth. Many historically significant sites have benefited from 30 years of MAA volunteerism including The Boston Common, Pilgrim Memorial Park in Plymouth, MA, Castle Hill in Essex, MA and most recently Minuteman National Park in Concord, MA.
The MAA’s new Arbor Day of Service initiative will allow members, allied organizations, supplier members, and other association partners to donate professional arboriculture services such as tree planting, safety pruning and hazard tree removal that will directly benefit their own communities.
“The MAA’s membership includes more than 600 professional arborists,” said Dick Stoner, MCA, 2010 Arbor Day Committee co-chairman. “In these days of deep municipal budget cuts, we think we can make a real difference by giving back in our own hometowns.”
The MAA has partnered with the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association (MTWFA) to identify projects in specific communities that could benefit from professional tree care. From elementary schools and town libraries, to community centers and playgrounds, tree wardens and other community leaders will post their volunteer opportunities and MAA members will use the listing to select their April 30, 2010 Arbor Day of Service projects.
Support will be provided to member volunteers through various means including the MAA website which will provide suggestions for registering, planning, promoting and carrying out an Arbor Day of Service project. Currently, people can visit www.MassArbor.org for introductory information and to register their local project for Arbor Day of Service consideration.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for every MAA member to participate,” said Dick Stoner. “We will offer a simple toolkit and easy registration process, so they can plan the best project based on the needs in their own community.”
Incoming MAA President Mike Lueders, MCA, MCLP was among the first people to signup. “Our company does a number of pro bono projects throughout the year,” he said. “This will be a great way to focus on one day and know that other tree care companies across Massachusetts will be doing the same thing.”
For more information about the MAA’s Arbor Day of Service on April 30, 2010 contact the MAA at (508) 653-3320, via e-mail info@MassArbor.org, or on the Web at