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Grassroots environmental group has helped plant thousands of trees in Springfield

ReGreen Springfield
Volunteers plant a tree in Gunn Square in Springfield, Massachusetts in October 2019

ReGreen Springfield launched after the 2011 tornado

For more than a decade, an all-volunteer organization has advocated for planting trees in Springfield, Massachusetts.

ReGreen Springfield was created in the immediate aftermath of the June 1, 2011 tornado that tore through about a third of the city, destroying much of the tree canopy.

Partnering with the city’s Forestry Division, the state’s Greening the Gateway Cities initiative, and other public and private groups, ReGreen has planted roughly 5,000 new trees in the city.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with ReGreen Springfield President Dave Bloniarz.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.