Local advocates and volunteers for the betterment of Breakheart Reservation are hoping for an Earth Day visit from Gov. Maura Healey.
Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member Peter Rossetti Jr., a member of the Friends of Breakheart, said yesterday that an invitation had been sent to the governor inviting her and her environmental affairs secretary to attend next Saturday’s (April 22) Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) Park Serve Day at Breakheart Reservation. “We had asked that she attend, but the invitation has not been accepted yet,” Rossetti told The Saugus Advocate.
“It would be nice if she did join us for Earth Day,” he said.
What began in 2006 as a day of Stewardship in Massachusetts has grown into an annual event with thousands of participants at state parks managed by DCR. During Earth Week, DCR invites volunteers to Massachusetts state parks to take part in various activities to prepare for the busy spring and summer recreation season. The activities involve clean up, painting or other restorative projects for one day. Parks across the Commonwealth decide on projects and invite volunteers for a day of work and fun.
A tree planting is planned for Breakheart for 11 a.m. Pizza will be served to volunteers at 1 p.m., according to Rossetti. Volunteers who want to participate should meet in the Breakheart Parking lot at 177 Forest St. between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The activities, which include invasive species removal, are suitable for adults and children of ages 13 and over.
Water is available at this site, but volunteers are encouraged to bring a water bottle to fill. DCR officials also request that volunteers bring their own gloves if they have them. A limited supply will be available to those who don’t.
Those who want to participate should sign and bring a Volunteer Release form (for adults [https://www.mass.gov/doc/dcr-volunteer-release-form-single/download] or for minors). There will be a limited supply of forms available at the event.