The first public tree to be planted in Springfield, following the June 1st tornado, was planted on August 11th in Nathan Bill Park. The American Elm tree, donated by PeoplesBank, was planted during a ceremony attended by Mayor Domenic Sarno, PeoplesBank Senior Vice President Shelia King-Goodwin, Vice President Susan B. Wilson, Parks Superintendent Patrick Sullivan, City Forester Ed Casey and Phillip Robell with the US Forest Service.
Over a dozen volunteers from the US Forest Service Urban Forest Strke Team, who were in Springfield assessing dmage to trees, attend the event. Other PeoplesBank officials, neighbrhood representatives and neighbors of the East Forest Park neighborhood attended the event.
Efforts to plan for the replanting of trees in Springfield are currently underway, using information provided by the US Forest Service Strike Team, the City’s tree inventory and consultation with residents, neighborhood associations and other community groups.