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!
For the Love of Trees
You may have noticed in the slideshow reel that we are hosting a couple of big events at the end of the month.
Coming up first we have a Neighborhood Tree Discussion. This is open to anyone who wants to give their perspective on the condition of their neighborhood's urban forest, share success stories, concerns, or learn about what's going on with Worcester's trees. WTI will also share our perspective from working with DPW and the City Foresters. The conversation will help to define how all of us can better advocate for the trees of the city.
The second event to take note of is the Burncoat Tree Walk. WTI will be hosting an outing to see one of the neighborhoods within the area that was hit hardest by the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation. We will guide you through the story of the tree canopy that was, the removal, and replanting, all the while exploring the impacts of the removal on the neighborhood and talking about the trees we're seeing. We will be joined by Clark University PhD Candidate, Arthur Elmes, who has studied the climate impacts on the neighborhood and has offered to share his findings with us.
On Wednesday, 10/18/16 WTI had the honor of being invited to Alternatives 40th Birthday Celebration. This is an event that the entire Alternatives Community comes out to, more than 700 people attended. In the course of the evening we celebrated the staff, the individuals served and serving in the community, and the partnerships within the broader community that come alongside individuals at Alternatives.
We had the honor of being presented with the Community Beacon award, an award for partners of Alternatives that have made a difference in the organization this past year. (See Picture in Slideshow above)
As you will remember, we had the pleasure of planting with, training, and finding opportunities for service and employment for individuals within the Alternatives community this past spring. Their positive attitudes and joyful dispositions made our jobs easy as we sought to teach them about the value of trees and how to care for them.
We look forward to continuing to live out Alternative's them of living Together. This organization's mission to create and find meaningful spaces in the community where the individuals they serve can work and become integrated into truly inspires us and is something we eagerly anticipate being part of for years to come. Thank you for the opportunity Alternatives, and thank you for this special honor!
Fall Full of Fun
As I'm sure you've heard, Worcester is in a Stage 3 drought, even the bit of rain we've had recently can't change that, though the earth surely appreciates it. Since we're in such a severe drought we all need to do our part to conserve the dwindling amount of water we've got left in the reservoirs. The restrictions on water use include a ban on landscape watering. In order to avoid adding to the watering needs in the landscape Worcester Tree Initiative, DCR, and the Forestry Department will not be planting any new trees in Worcester this fall. We hope that you will join us in complying with the water conservation efforts.
For a full outline of the water usage restrictions in Worcester you can visit the city's website.
However, Worcester Tree Initiative will still have plenty to do this fall even without planting. The cooler, clear days forecasted for the the fall will be perfect for tree surveys, gator bag collection, and tree stake removal. Check out our calendar for further information about our volunteer days.
Worcester Tree Initiative: Rebuilding Worcester's Urban Forest
Our organization exists to grow, care for, and protect 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.
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.
Congressman Jim McGovern Tim Murray; President/CEO, Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce
Mary Knittle State Representative Jim O'Day Jordan Levy
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 Suzanne Maas Colin Novick Joe O'Brien Selectman Ken O'Brien Kevin O'Sullivan Chris Philbin Kathleen Polanowicz Selectman Chris Rucho Matthew Wally