CSX’s Trees for Tracks: Community service day in Worcester
For the third year, CSX employees help replace trees in park damaged by beetles.
Trees for Tracks, CSX’s commitment to plant 21,000 trees – one for every mile of track in its system – returned to Worcester, Massachusetts this June to help rejuvenate and restore Dodge Park after its trees were damaged by the Asian Longhorned Beetle.
The insect is known to attack hardwoods. In Worcester, the beetles decimated large Norway maples that grew in abundance in the grand park and throughout the city. After a third round of infestation was discovered in Dodge Park, the city had to cut down the remaining maples and other “host” trees this spring.
Worcester’s residents were devastated by the massive tree loss. So CSX stepped in to help by planting 100 beetle-resistant species, including fir, beech, dogwood, ginkgo, spruce, larch and locust trees. Previous plantings include 101 trees in 2010 and 300 in 2009.
“This is our third year planting trees in Worcester, Mass,” explained Tori Kaplan, CSX director of corporate citizenship. “CSX is happy to be here, contributing to the massive effort to protect the natural beauty of the area.”
In turn, the city of Worcester expressed gratitude for the contribution of CSX. “We want to thank CSX for being a part of this every step of the way,” said Mayor Joseph O’Brien. “CSX led the charge.”
State Rep. Harriette Chandler agrees. She said the financial resources and the energy of the people from CSX joining with the people in the community have made a real difference.
Find out more about the Trees for Tracks program.
“You can see it in the times they’ve been here, what they’ve done,” she related. “They’ve brought a certain vitality here that gives us a special spark.”
During the next five years, CSX’s Trees for Tracks initiative will help continue to bring communities together, beautify neighborhoods, communicate the value of planting trees, offset carbon emissions and help ensure a greener future for all.
Take a look at the video to see how CSX and Trees for Tracks are making a difference. To find out more about the Trees for Tracks program visit BeyondOurRails.com.