Westfield Planting Goal Progress:
Last Updated: January 22, 2024
Am I In The Zone?
Meet Your Local Foresters:
Education: M.S. in Urban Forestry at Oregon State University; B.S. in Horticulture at University of Vermont.
Experience: Municipal forestry in Oregon; Utility forestry in California; Public gardens in Colorado and California; Organic farming in Massachusetts and Maine.
Interests: Music, hiking, cycling, running, growing vegetables, spending time with friends.
Favorite tree & reason: Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) because it is strong, provides habitat for critters, and is a classic and beautiful player in the New England landscape.
Education: B.S. Environmental Management, Indiana University – 2014
M.S. Project Management and Operations, SNHU – 2023
Experience: ISA Certified Arborist with a background in managing tree planting contracts in NYC, Detroit, and Massachusetts. The most rewarding part of the job is seeing properties before and after new trees have been planted. I also enjoy touring tree nurseries to select unique species for community plantings.
Interests: Hiking new trails, growing native plants in my yard, and spending time out on the water.
Favorite Tree: Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica) has deep green glossy leaves that turn a bright scarlet red in the fall.
Westfield Puerto Rican Association WEPRA
The Westfield Puerto Rican Association (WEPRA inc.) is a nonprofit 501C3 organization that advocates for the education, history, and culture of the Puerto Rican community of Westfield, MA. We provide college scholarships to Latino Westfield residents and raise the flag of Puerto Rico every year. We love our community of Westfield! Several years ago, we joined with DCR and EEA as volunteers at the Westfield Farmer’s Market to advocate for tree plantings and to sign up folks interested in planting new trees. You can learn more by visiting www.wepra.org.