SOUTH NATICK, Mass. -On Arbor Day, April 27, 2012, nearly 400 Massachusetts Arborists Association (MAA) members participated in a statewide volunteer effort called Arbor Day of Service. The annual service day allows tree care professionals to have a direct impact in their local communities and draws attention to the importance of proper tree care and tree planting.
"It was an awe-inspiring effort," said MAA president Mike Maley of CedarLawn Tree Service in Ashland, Mass. "Through this annual stewardship project, MAA volunteers have helped prune, plant, and properly maintain thousands of trees. In these challenging economic times, hundreds of our members have stepped forward and made a real difference to the health and safety of trees at no cost to many cities, towns, and non-profit organizations across the Commonwealth."
The MAA members contributed an estimated $250,000 in professional services to 40 Massachusetts communities. They contributed more than 2,600 volunteer efforts.
The MAA partnered with local tree wardens, community leaders, and civic organizations to identify worthy projects in need of professional tree care. Tree planting, safety pruning, and plant health care projects targeted city parks, elementary schools, community playgrounds, and town libraries.