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An Act Establishing The Municipal Reforestation Bill, Legislative Briefing, May 4, 2023 at 10 a.m.
at the State House.
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Medford Energy & Environment Committee
From: Kim DeAndrade <kim...@earthlink.net>
To: TreesMedford <medford-tree-...@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Tue, Apr 25, 2023 6:48 am
Subject: Legislative Briefing on the Municipal Reforestation Act
I hope to attend in person. You can also sign up to attend on Zoom.
Save the Date: Legislative Briefing on the Municipal Reforestation Act and the Shade Tree Update Bill May 4, 10 a.m.
Dear Advocate of Urban Forests,
We are excited to invite you to the legislative briefing on the Municipal Reforestation Act (S.452, H.869) and the Shade Tree Update Bill (S. 1280/H. 2094) on May 4 at 10 a.m. in Room 428 of the State House.
Hosted by sponsors Senator Cynthia Creem, Representative Steven Owens, and Representative Jennifer Balinsky Armini, the briefing is an opportunity for legislators and their staff to learn about this important bill to expand and preserve the Commonwealth's urban forests, and the important updates proposed to modernize Chapter 87, the Massachusetts Shade Tree Law.
The Municipal Reforestation Act sets up a structure to provide funding and technical assistance for participating municipalities to create robust urban tree canopy covers, especially in treeless and environmental justice neighborhoods where residents suffer from extreme heat and air pollution. Because they remove carbon dioxide from the air, cool ambient temperatures, and provide numerous other community cobenefits, urban forests are recognized by many as an essential part of the Commonwealth’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
Please reach out to your Senators and Representatives to ask them to attend this important hearing. You can look up your legislators here.
Please also come to this in-person briefing at the State House. It is crucial that climate and tree advocates show support for this legislation by appearing in large numbers at this event. We want to fill the room with 100 people! As an added benefit, you will have the opportunity to meet your legislators and to connect with others who share your commitment to planting and caring for trees.
If you can't attend in person, you may join virtually. The zoom registration link can be found here.
Below is the invitation to send to legislators, and attached is a fact sheet for the Municipal Reforestation Act. Please share widely!
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on May 4 at 10 a.m. in Room 428 of the State House!
INVITATION TO LEGISLATORS:
Dear Honorable Legislators and Staff,
On behalf of Representative Owens, Representative Armini, and Senator Creem, please join us for a legislative briefing on the need for urban forests on Thursday, May 4th at 10am in room 428 of the State House.
Achieving our climate goals requires multiple strategies, including adopting energy efficiency measures, using renewable thermal energy, installing green infrastructure, and promoting nature-based solutions to strengthen climate resilience. Preserving and expanding the urban tree canopy cover throughout our cities and towns can materially reduce the harmful effects of climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions and can significantly improve the quality of life for residents.
For those that are unable to attend in-person, you may join virtually. The zoom registration link can be found here.