A Sequoia-sized Goal: Amherst Aims to Plant a Million Trees in 5 Years

Nov. 8, 2019

Trees dot the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst in this aerial photo. The town wants to plant one million trees over the next five years at locations that could include the former golf course. (Derek Gee/News file photo)
Trees dot the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst in this aerial photo. The town wants to plant one million trees over the next five years at locations that could include the former golf course.

The math behind Amherst’s push to plant 1 million new trees in the town over the next five years is eye-catching.

In a town of about 34,000 total acres, it requires planting 29 trees on each acre of land.

It means putting 549 trees in the ground every day for the next five years – or 730 trees daily if you don’t count the winter months.

And to put that in context, consider the town now plants about 400 new trees each year.
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5 Responses to “A Sequoia-sized Goal: Amherst Aims to Plant a Million Trees in 5 Years”

  1. Walt says:

    It’s like announcing health insurance for all without a plan on how to implement and pay for it. When you read the article in regard to the much bigger municipality (NYC), it took eight years and a lot of $$$ that I cannot see this town achieving. Why not be more realistic?

  2. Andrew says:

    Sounds a lot like Kulpa’s “genius” plan to abandon and sell off our largest park to buy parkland.

  3. John Snyder says:

    COST? – Of course when you are buying votes with other people’s money cost doesn’t seem to matter. What will the cost be to Amherst Taxpayers? 5 million trees at $100 to purchase and plant for each is 500 million dollars – a mere half BILLION for Amherst taxpayers to shoulder. Spend, spend and spend other people’s money – no problem Kulpa.

  4. Bill says:

    It would be cheaper to stop cutting trees to clear cut land for new development and force the tree cutters to redevelop.
    One million trees in 5 years makes it a wash.

    Ole Kulpa trying to correct another mess from the past. It won’t work if he doesn’t change what caused the loss, in the first place. Numero uno, mindless development.

  5. Bruce says:

    Look at that. A million trees. Watch the other hand as simultaneously directs cutting down a million, mature trees, to give the green light to his developer cronies. Sweethome stands out. Empty rhetoric, if that trend continues.

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