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November 9, 2012

Sugar maple transplant at Emma Andrews

NEWBURYPORT — A Sugar Maple Festival Transplant will take root Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Emma L. Andrews Library and Community Center, 77 Pleasant St. at the corner of Marlboro Street.

This year, the Emma Andrews Library lost one of its two large sugar maples. Two young sugar maples that were recently planted on library premises in the “wrong place” will be transplanted to better locations near the surviving sugar maple, as part of The Newburyport Tree Transplant Project.

The transplant operation will be accomplished using an Air Spade, a cutting-edge tool that sends a stream of supersonic air to remove the soil from the root system safely. The trees will be replanted by Boy Scouts and Daisy Scouts in a demonstration of good tree planting practices, what a healthy root system looks like and how to make use of these practices at home. Newburyport tree activists will be on hand to answer questions about the Transplant Project, the state of Newburyport’s urban forest and the care of trees in our city.

There will also be reading and activities for younger children in the library and a talk on maple sugaring by Brian Folsom of Folsom’s Sugar House in Chester, N.H. Folsom is a regular at the Newburyport Farmers Market.

The event will be canceled for bad weather. Call 617-970-1099 for more information.

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