Friends of Reading Scouting Eagle Scout Project at Town Forest

READING, MA — John House, Life Scout from Troop 702, completed his Eagle project on Saturday, November 18. Working with the Town Forest Committee and many volunteers, John worked on replanting a section of the Town Forest where dead or dying pine trees had been removed. Ten trees, each measuring over ten feet in height, were planted in the Scout Reservation. These included a variety of trees from the Town’s Recommended Native Plant Materials List.

Over twenty-five volunteers turned out in the rain to dig holes, place the trees, and provide them with fertilizer, water and mulch to help them survive the winter and beyond. These larger trees were chosen because they are hardier and will have a better chance of long-term survival.

Projects like these are impossible to do without the generous support of the community, neighbors, and friends. John’s project was funded by donations from Trees for Reading, which has received generous donations from Amazon Robotics and several civic organizations in town. We are grateful to Mahoney’s Garden Center for providing the trees at a substantial discount, as well as free delivery by a helpful two-man crew, and to the Reading Home Depot for donating the use of the auger to dig the holes.

The Friends of Reading Scouting is a group of parent volunteers and trained Scout Leaders committed to providing high-quality Scouting for families and youth. You can find more information, find a Pack or Troop to join, or support local Scouting at our website,

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