CSX, City Year and Worcester Tree Initiative Replace Trees in Park Decimated by Beetles

Worcester, MA (June 11, 2011)- In an event covered by the Worcester Telegram and WCVB-TV 5 (ABC), volunteers from CSX, City Year, the Worcester Tree Initiative and the Alliance for Community Trees planted 100 trees from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Dodge Park on Randolph Road, a site hit particularly hard by the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

State Representative Jim O’Day, Worcester Mayor Joseph O’Brien, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and State Senator Harriette Chandler participated in the planting. Periods of heavy rain could not deter the volunteers determined to replace the trees taken out by the most recent infestation.

The event marked the third time the “Trees for Tracks” program, the railway’s commitment to plant 21,000 trees, or one for every mile of track in its system, has come to Worcester to help reverse some of the damage caused by the invasive insect. Previous plantings include a 101-tree donation in May 2010 and a 300-tree donation in April 2009 to the community.

This June’s planting included Fir, Beech, Dogwood, Gingko, Spruce, Larch, Locust and other species that are resistant to and do not provide a host for the beetle. “Dodge Park is a jewel, and the recent ravage of its trees by the Asian Longhorned Beetle calls for an immediate restoration plan. I am proud to be part of a team composed of stakeholders like the USDA, the DCR, the City of Worcester, CSX, the Worcester Tree Initiative and other community members to return the luster of this precious park in the northern part of the City for future generations,” says Representative Jim O’Day (D-West Boylston/Worcester).

“This is our third year planting trees in Worcester, Mass,” says Tori Kaplan, CSX director of corporate citizenship. “CSX is happy to be here, contributing to the massive effort to protect the natural beauty of the area.”

“We support the local work CSX does in giving back to the community. This project is a huge replenishment of an urban landscape,” says Carrie Gallagher, executive director for Alliance for Community Trees. “This kind of event is important for us to see because we are able to give back after the devastation of losing so many trees.”

Massachusetts is one of at least four states where the Asian Longhorned Beetle has been found, and three counties, Worcester, Suffolk and Norfolk, are currently under quarantine. Bequeathed to the city in 1890 by Thomas H. Dodge, the 13-acre Dodge Park was intentionally designed for “passive recreation” with arboretums, large greens, ponds and other water features, stone bridges and benches.

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