Thank you to all of our supporters who fund and help staff the programs that we provide throughout the year! We rely on the assistance from the community to help us through volunteering, participation in our programs and financial contributions towards our programs. Thank you!
New Trees Beat the Heat with Help from the Young Adult Foresters
Since 2011 WTI has run a summer tree care program aimed at employing young people in the city; we call these youth our Young Adult Foresters (YAFs for short). This year the YAFs will spend seven weeks watering newly planted trees all around the city. You may see them making their way down Plantation and Franklin Street, or Pleasant St, or driving through your neighborhood on their way to some of the other streets trees have been planted on.
Since the task at hand is so large each year we ask residents with a newly planted tree in front of their home to help our crew out by taking on the task of watering that tree. When we all join together in the effort we can be more efficient and provide better care for these young trees that will one day give so much to us, our neighborhoods, and our city. If you would like to join us in the effort please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and telling us your name and which tree you will be watering.
Keep an eye out for the YAFs! You can't miss the big white pickup truck with a tank full of water in the back and their name in green on the tailgate. If you see them give them a wave!
Out to Lunch Series!
Out to Lunch event at the Worcester Commons on July 21, 2016 from 11am until 2pm. The theme of the event was sustainable living. The event consisted of a large gathering of tents from different organizations, food trucks and other community members who were interested in sustainable living ideas.
Over 90 Trees Given Away!
2016 – Holden, MA – Over 50 people came to our Spring Give Away on Snowberry Lane in Holden. Sponsored, in part, by Rotman's Furniture, the give away was well received by those who attended.
All Give Aways include at least 3 group training sessions "How to Properly Plant and Care for A Tree". Our tree trainers were volunteer Jeff Mias and staff Derek Lirange.
Tree species given away included White Pine Trees, Eastern Redbuds, Dawn Redwoods, Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry and the ever popular, Dogwood Tree.
Thanks to all who attended, volunteered and sponsored this event.
It Takes a City to Grow a Forest
Growing an urban forest is hard work. Lack of space, poor growing conditions, and damage done by people, both accidentally and intentionally, make cities and towns tough places to grow trees, but in our view, it's not optional. We wouldn't want to live in a city without trees and we doubt you would either.
That's why we're asking you to consider supporting our efforts. We work to rebuild Worcester's urban forest and ensure that it is healthy, well cared for, and equitably distributed. We need your help to ensure that this work is carried out. You can do this in a lot of ways, from volunteering to donating; learn more by clicking below.
Worcester Tree Initiative: Rebuilding Worcester's Urban Forest
Our community based approach includes education and training, tree planting, and long term tracking and care to achieve significant improvements to the environment and to quality of life in our city. WTI was initiated in January 2009 by Congressman Jim McGovern and Lt. Governor Tim Murray after officials anticipated that tens of thousands of trees would be removed because of an infestation of the invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle. The Tree Initiative was able to complete its initial goal to see that 30,000 trees were planted in Worcester and surrounding towns in October of 2014.
Since then we have continued to plant trees and have expanded our tree care training program, forming the Stewards in the Streets program. We see our purpose as acting as community agents driving tree planting and care initiatives. We seek to advance this mission where we can help to advance environmental justice. We are eager to plant trees in neighborhoods with few green spaces and to train residents to care for them.
Congressman Jim McGovern Tim Murray; President/CEO, Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce
Mary Knittle State Representative Jim O'Day Jordan Levy
Kathy Abbott Paul Belsito Deb Cary Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler Andy Davis Margaret Doyle City Councilor Tony Enonomou Steve Fischer Allen Fletcher School Committee Member Jack Foley Margaret Guzman
Robyn Kennedy State Senator Michael Moore Paul Moosey, Commissioner, Dept. of Public Works, Worcester Marie Morse Colin Novick Joe O'Brien Selectman Ken O'Brien Kevin O'Sullivan City Councilor Phil Palmieri Chris Philbin Kathleen Polanowicz Selectman Chris Rucho Matthew Wally