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FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 8, AUGUST 1989
MASSACHUSETTS TREE PLANTING PROGRAM
Governor Michael S. Dukakis
recently announced a 10-year "Massachusetts Releaf" program, to be
funded by private money through an innovative "environmental linkage"
program. Intended to improve air quality and counter global warming, the program
is expected to result in the planting of 15,000 shade trees in urban areas and
of 150,000 trees on state-owned land. The environmental linkage approach to
raising the required $1.5 million will employ existing state regulatory tools.
The state environmental review process will stress tree-planting as a way for
developers to lessen the impact of their projects. Another source will be
additional fines levied on companies found guilty of air pollution violations.
The program is one component of the state's Global Climate Action Plan announced
in March; other components include reducing the volatility of gasoline vapor
pressure (which influences tropospheric ozone formation), a comprehensive energy
efficiency program, and tougher enforcement against manufacturing companies that
emit chlorofluorocarbons. For information contact the Executive Office of
Environmental Affairs (EOEA), 100 Cambridge St., Boston MA 02202 (617-727-9800).
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