350Vermont’s Rewild Vermont brings tree-planting events to the area

BRATTLEBORO — 350Vermont is collaborating on more than 20 tree planting events this spring, including several in the area.

There will be tree plantings on Saturday, May 8 at Kampfires Campground in Dummerston, on Sunday, May 9 at Sun Hill Farm in Putney, at a date to be determined in May at Putney Central School, and on Friday, May 14 at Camp Waubanong in Brattleboro.

The plantings are part of the next installment of Rewild Vermont, 350Vermont's two-year commitment to reforestation and food justice in the state.

The program comes with the support of the Arbor Day Foundation, City Market, Lintilhac Foundation, conservation districts across Vermont, and many other local partners.

“The almost 7,000 trees being planted this spring in critical forest ecosystems, along river corridors, on school and town green spaces, and on private land will sequester carbon, repair buffer zones, and provide free fruit and nuts to community members,” the environmental advocacy group said in a news release.

Their Rewild Vermont project is part of broader efforts “to put carbon in the ground and develop resilience for an increasingly extreme climate, while providing a new way to engage with the climate justice movement and lift up the most vulnerable members of our communities.”

“We acknowledge the interconnectedness of food justice, climate resilience, flood and erosion mitigation, and ecological restoration,” said Jaiel Pulskamp, codirector of 350Vermont. “This is an opportunity to connect Vermont's own local conditions with structural inequalities in food sovereignty and the global reality of climate change.”

At most tree-planting events, 350Vermont will hold short workshops on what a transition to a more-just-and-livable future in Vermont would look like, providing space for participants to imagine what they want their communities to be like when that tree is mature.

For more information, and to volunteer, visit 350vermont.org/rewild-vermont.

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