Around Amherst: A new town tree nursery

Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

AMHERST — A new tree nursery for the town of Amherst is being established by the Public Shade Tree Committee on private land on Market Hill Road.

Committee Chairman Henry Lappen said this week that the committee’s goal is to plant 10 saplings in the nursery annually and have them grow out over three to four years before they can be put in the town’s right of way.

Most recently, the nursery was at the Pulpit Hill Co-housing site in North Amherst, but Lappen said that many of the trees there have gotten too big to transplant.

The trees at the nursery are used as replacements when other trees are removed.

Meantime, a Second Saturday tree planting takes place on Lincoln Avenue from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Organized by the committee and led by Tree Warden Alan Snow, families are invited to participate in putting new trees into the ground.

People are required to wear masks and safely social distance during the planting, and should look for the yellow Department of Public Works truck.

The committee will also soon be placing placards on several trees in town to inform people about the benefits they provide, such as the amount of carbon sequestered to mitigate climate change and gallons of stormwater intercepted.

Community chats

Amherst Community Chats, which focus on COVID-19 related matters, are relaunching Thursday at noon.

Acting Health Director Jennifer Brown and Director of Senior Services Mary Beth Ogulewicz will join Town Manager Paul Bockelman in answering questions about the town’s response to the pandemic.

People can join by telephone by calling 1-646-876-9923 and typing in the meeting ID # 524 601 364, via Zoom at https://amherstma.zoom.us/j/524601364 or on YouTube Livestream at bit.ly/AmherstLive.

CPA submissions

Residents have until 4:30 p.m. Monday to submit proposals to the Community Preservation Act Committee.

The ideas for fiscal year 2022, which can include projects for open space, recreation, affordable housing and historic preservation, can be offered through the town website.

Talk on Emily Dickinson

Anna Plummer, a recent graduate of Amherst College and tour guide at the Emily Dickinson Museum, will talk about her research paper “A Wind That Rose: Susan Phelps and Emily Dickinson” to members of the Amherst Woman’s Club at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The virtual presentation, which focuses on a broken engagement, a peculiar Hadley family, poems and a significant friendship, will be made to club members live via Zoom.

Others will be able to view the talk when it is posted on the Woman’s Club website at www.amherstwomansclub.org.

Smart growth forum

A discussion on using Chapter 40R zoning will take place Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom at https://amherstma.zoom.us/j/88562506992

Chapter 40R is a state law that allows land to be zoned for more dense housing, with the idea of increasing the supply of homes and lowering its cost.

This is the fourth forum to discuss the potential new zoning and affordable housing opportunities guided by smart growth principles.

The zoning can include design standards, and possible locations will be discussed for new mixed-use development in Amherst.

Material about previous public forums is available at: https://www.amherstma.gov/2199/Amherst-Affordable-Housing-Trust-Fund#SmartGrowthForum

Business on Indigenous Peoples Day

Shops, restaurants and other businesses are being allowed to operate during normal hours on Monday, Indigenous Peoples Day in Amherst.

This is able to happen through a blanket permit issued by Police Chief Scott Livingstone.


TUESDAY: Disability Access Advsiry Committee, 11:30 a.., and Public Shade Tree Comittee, 5:30 p.m., both via Zoom.