Planting the first saplings for Rockport’s Roadside Tree program at Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport: left to right, Rockport Garden Club member Melody Schubert, Rockport board member Bill Chapman, Rockport Public Works Director Mike Young, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District Coordinator Hildy Ellis, and Erickson Fields Farm & Program Manager Aaron Englander (Photo by Jocelyn Tidwell)
Planting the first saplings for Rockport’s Roadside Tree program at Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport: left to right, Rockport Garden Club member Melody Schubert, Rockport board member Bill Chapman, Rockport Public Works Director Mike Young, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District Coordinator Hildy Ellis, and Erickson Fields Farm & Program Manager Aaron Englander (Photo by Jocelyn Tidwell)
The Town of Rockport’s new Roadside Tree Planting Program is accepting applications from individual homeowners and businesses in Rockport who would like to enhance the town by planting and preserving shade-bearing trees next to roads. There is no fee to participate, and applicants may choose from a variety of trees, including birch, maple and oak. The program is a collaboration of the Town of Rockport, Rockport Garden Club and Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), and the saplings are being grown at MCHT’s Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport.

Rockport Planning & Development Director James Francomano says, “Grant programs can sometimes allow for a project of greater scope, but are not available every year. Eligibility and required matching funds are variable and there are always strings attached. Instead, working with the land trust, Rockport will be growing and planting a few of its own street trees year upon year, building capacity and awareness, and should realize some savings in money and hours worked overall.”

Applications must be received by 3 p.m. on Friday, March 31. Applications may be picked up at the Rockport Town office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, e-mail mpswoschubert@gmail.com.