An urban forest provides great value in many different ways, such as increased property values, savings from decreased heating and cooling costs, reduction of air pollution, and erosion control. It is estimated that a tree with a 50-year life span provides nearly $60,000 of benefit over its lifetime. Other benefits are less easily measured, but not less valuable. An urban forest provides beauty that inspires us, recreation that refreshes us, and a contact with nature that lifts our spirits. The aesthetic and inspirational value of an urban forest is incalculable.
Pittsfield's urban forestry programs highlights:
- The City of Pittsfield has received the 'Tree City USA' award from the National Arbor Day Foundation since 2005.
- The city is collaborating with Pittsfield Tree Watch to inventory the city's urban forest and will work with the State urban foresters to develop a long range plan for its protection.
- The city regularly plants trees as a part of the neighborhood re-development programs.
Local Volunteer Tree Organizations:
The Hebert Arboretum is a living tree library located within one of Pittsfield's premier city resources, Springside Park. Encompassing 231 acres within the city, the park is a unique sanctuary for plant and animal life. For more information, please contact the city's open space program manager at 413.499.9344.