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Memorial Hall Library

Virtual Talk: Native Trees & Shrubs & Why They Matter to All of Us

marc fournier

In case you missed Marc's talk, it's now available online.

Registration is required. The Zoom link will be sent out the morning of the event.

In a virtual talk over Zoom, Massachusett Certified Arborist Marc Fournier will discuss selecting, planting, pruning and caring for native trees and shrubs. Planting native trees and shrubs around your home provides vital habitat and food for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife. Because native plants are adapted to local environmental conditions, they require far less water, pesticides and fertilizers, saving time, money, and perhaps the most valuable natural resource, water. It’s a win-win for everyone, including the planet!

Marc Fournier is now the Arborist/Horticulturist at The Trustees of Reservations’ Mytoi Japanese Garden.  Marc has extensive experience in arboriculture, landscape design, sustainability, energy efficiency, building construction, recycling, organics diversion, materials management, public works, and facilities management.  He is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the USDA Forest Service Urban Forest Strike Team. Marc is a former Deputy Director of Public Works & Highway Superintendent in the Town of Andover, MA, Director of Plant Operations & Sustainability at Lasell College, Director of Public Works in Hull, Assistant Director for Grounds Management at UMass Amherst, Environmental Analyst with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Senior Environmental Specialist with Haley & Aldrich, Inc., and Executive Director of WasteCap of Massachusetts. He also taught Sustainable Operations Management courses as an Adjunct Professor in the UMass Boston College of Management Graduate MBA program. Marc is an MBA graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with concentrations in Environmental Management & Organizational Behavior.  Marc co-authored the sustainable operations chapters of APPA’s Grounds Operational Guidelines for Educational Facilities (