The Worcester Tree Initiative is a private, non-profit organization based in Worcester Massachusetts whose mission is to promote urban forestry and stewardship in the City of Worcester and surrounding communities. It 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 initial goal of the Worcester Tree Initiative was to see that 30,000 trees are planted in Worcester and surrounding towns by 2014.
The Initiative is a public and private partnership between the City of Worcester, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the US Department of Agriculture, and many non-profits, businesses and residents of Central Massachusetts. The program includes intensive outreach, education and training, and long term tracking to realize significant environmental and quality of life improvements with this community based approach. We are using trees grown at local nurseries and as a result our stock will vary based on availability.
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 State Senator Harriette Chandler Rob Diaz Margaret Doyle City Councilor Tony Enonomou Steve Fischer Allen Fletcher School Committee Member Jack Foley Jay Garree Robyn Kennedy State Senator Michael Moore Marie Morse Colin Novick Joe O'Brien Selectman Ken O'Brien Kevin O'Sullivan City Councilor Phil Palmieri Kathleen Polanowicz Selectman Chris Rucho