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Chamberland talks green initiatives, grant funding

December 15, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Tree Warden Thomas Chamberland discussed many items with the Board of Selectmen during its meeting on Monday, Dec. 12, including Operation Re-Leaf.

The initiative allows Sturbridge residents to receive up to three trees for their properties. Trees must be planted within 20 feet of the right of way, and residents must agree to care for the trees and allow town officials to visit their properties to perform basic maintenance tasks. Unfortunately, despite the offer of free trees, Chamberland has not seen a great deal of interest from the community in this opportunity so far.

"We need to place our order for the trees shortly after Jan. 1, but we have only received requests for about 25 trees," Chamberland told Board members at the meeting. "With the money we have, we could easily buy 500 trees."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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