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FRAMINGHAM – Employees from the City of Framingham’s Department of Public Works celebrated arbor day by improving the Carol Gretchell Trail in Saxonville and planting new trees.

Due to the pandemic, DPW could not host its traditional Arbor Day celebration with community members, Keefe Technical High School, forestry professionals, and other local organizations.

But several members of the Highway Department spent Arbor Day “working to beautify the entrance to the Carol Getchell Trail on Little Farms Road,” said DPW. “Staff spruced up the landscaping at the entrance to the trail and planted several new trees.”

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The first American Arbor Day was originated by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska. On April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted in the midwestern state.

Arbor Day in 2021 was April 30. The Arbor Day Foundation’s mission is “to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.”

Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter.”

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Photo courtesy of Framingham DPW

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.