2007-10-18 / News

Town receives funds for tree preservation

Steve Saracino, Jamestown Tree Warden, at left, Jim Rugh and Town Administrator Bruce Keiser, in center, receive a grant check from Rep. Bruce Long. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Steve Saracino, Jamestown Tree Warden, at left, Jim Rugh and Town Administrator Bruce Keiser, in center, receive a grant check from Rep. Bruce Long. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Last Thursday, State Representative Bruce Long presented a check to the Jamestown Tree Preservation and Protection Committee that will be used for signage at the town forest and for other treerelated projects.

The town maintains approximately six acres as an urban forest along Melrose Avenue. The land borders the Melrose and Lawn Avenue schools and provides an open classroom for the schools. It is being restored to a native forest which will allow the healthy growth of desired vegetation. The forest will include walking trails for passive community use and tree identification signs.

Brian Volpe constructed three information kiosks for the Tree Preservation and Protection Committee in 2006 as part of his Eagle Scout Project. Signage to identify the town forest and to give visitors an overview of the project will soon be installed.

According to Steve Saracino, Jamestown tree warden, "In recent years the importance of forests to help offset global warming has become more widely known. Trees absorb carbon, keeping it out of the atmosphere and reducing the greenhouse effect. Trees also absorb nutrients keeping them from running into bodies of water where they can harm fish and other aquatic species."

The Jamestown Tree Preservation and Protection Committee meets the third Tuesday of every month and is constantly looking for volunteers. To learn more about the committee, visit the town's web site: www.jamestownri. net.

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