Sheffield: Conservation groups celebrate Arbor Day


The Sheffield Tree Project, which recently became part of the Sheffield Land Trust, will celebrate Arbor Day at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 30, by planting trees near the Shays' Rebellion Monument on Sheffield-Egremont Road.

The monument, which is listing to one side, will also be set aright, according to Tom Ingersoll, president of the Tree Project.

Representatives of the National Park Service and the Sheffield Historical Commission will be present to mark the event. Both of these organizations granted permission for the restoration of the monument, which is on federal land, and the National Park Service authorized the tree planting.

Also on hand will be representatives of the Sheffield Land Trust, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Appalachian Mountain Club. The Appalachian Trail crosses Sheffield-Egremont Road near the Shays marker, and the Trail Conservancy's Hubbard Brook kiosk is across the road.

Members of the Tree Project will plant six trees, four at the monument and two at the trail kiosk. Volunteers from the public are encouraged to participate as well.

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