At monthly Town Council meetings, Councilor Kate Weymouth usually notes the number of trees lost versus planted in town. After 16 years and a sterling environmental record, she is stepping down from the Council. Unfortunately, we’ve been experiencing a net loss in trees recently.
The cost of planting new trees is minimal in the context of our overall budget.
A net gain in trees in town will help maintain the town’s natural character, provide greater sound barriers in high traffic areas and benefit wildlife. And it would be one relatively inexpensive way we can do our part to improve environmental resiliency and combat climate change. If elected, I will continue Councilor Weymouth’s tree tally and push for greater investment in tree planting.
Here is an opportunity if you would like to take action on a personal level: www.arborday.org/RIDEM