The Recorder – Franklin County Agricultural Society offering tree memorials as a fundraiser for mudslide remediation

Posted: 11/17/2021 16:09:49 PM

GREENFIELD – As part of its ongoing fundraising efforts for the Mudslide Remediation Project, Franklin County Fairgrounds is hosting a Tree Fundraiser that offers individuals the opportunity to commemorate a loved one at the fairgrounds.

“There are a lot of people, especially veterans, who deserve to be recognized for their contribution to our community,” said Michael Nelson, president of the Franklin County Agricultural Society, which operates the fairground on Wisdom Way. .

For a donation of $ 150 or more, the fairground will purchase and plant a tree with a commemorative plaque in honor of a loved one. The trees, 50 of which will be planted, will also serve to further stabilize the area once the contractors complete the mudslide remediation project.

Last month, contractors kicked off the Mudslide Remediation Project, which involves stabilizing a failing fairground landfill, located directly above Linwood Street, repairing three eroding ravines, installing drains stormwater on the embankment, replacing damaged wetlands and replanting fallen vegetation, according to Nelson.

“We are getting very close,” said Nelson. “Western Earthworks of Florence has been working since October and really hopes to wrap up in the next two weeks. ”

Nelson said that once the contractor’s job is completed, students at Franklin County Tech School will replace the chain link fence damaged in a storm and replant 50 native trees to further stabilize the area.

The $ 265,000 project is still approximately $ 65,000 of its fundraising goal.

The US Department of Agriculture provided $ 103,000 in grants for this work, but the Franklin County Agricultural Society is responsible for the remaining $ 162,000. Through fundraising efforts, the agricultural society raised nearly $ 100,000.

“I hope this helps us get a little closer to our goal,” said Nelson.

Journalist Mary Byrne can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne

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