This October celebrate fall with Worcester Tree Initiative at our Fall Tree Fest and Fundraiser. We will be displaying photos of the work that was accomplished in the past few years and sharing the vision for what is to come in 2016. The celebration is a public event. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. There is a $25 suggested donation, all donors will be entered into a raffle to win a door prize. We hope you will join us on Wednesday, 10/14/15, at Grill on the Hill at Green Hill Park from 5:30-7:00pm.
Tree Lovers Needed! New Stewardship Program to Care for Public Trees
Worcester Tree Initiative is calling all tree lovers to come learn about the Volunteer Urban Tree Stewards program that we are kicking off this October. With more than 6,000 public trees planted on Worcester's streets in the past 6 years there is now a huge task on our hands of caring for and maintaining them. In order to better understand the health and needs of our City's trees the Volunteer Urban Tree Stewards will take on the enormous task of surveying Worcester's street trees. Volunteer, care for the trees, become a Steward!
To learn more attend our kickoff event: Saturday, October 24th, 2015 8:00-10:00am Highland House Apartments, 5 Suburban Rd, Worcester
This past summer Massport once again helped support our Young Adult Forestry program. In 2015 this program watered 500 city trees each week, canvassed 400 residents to water their own city trees, and provided meaningful employment for four Worcester youth. Thank you Massport for your continued support of this program.
WTI is launching a social media campaign this fall to help you show how much you love trees. We know that trees make for great streets and neighborhoods so we've decided to call it #MyStreetMyTree. Just take a picture of a tree, maybe get a little tree selfie action going, or a great tree portrait. Then upload it to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram and tag the picture with #MyStreetMyTree. We will be showing some of our favorites at our Fall Tree Fest so be sure to post soon and feel free to post often!
For more information about the Fall Tree Fest & Fundraiser and the #MyStreetMyTree photo campaign click here.
Give to a Tree-mendous Cause!
If you would like to support the work that Worcester Tree Initiative does you can give us a gift in several ways. The simplest way is to make a donation. Donations may be made by sending a check made out to Greater Worcester Community Foundation – Worcester Tree Initiative Fund to Worcester Tree Initiative, PO Box 2874, Worcester MA 01613. A contribution of any amount will help to reforest the Worcester area.
Donations can be given online by clicking the button below. This will take you to Network for Good. Designate Worcester Tree Initiative Fund as the recipient.
To learn about other opportunities to participate in our programs and help us out visit our Get Involved page.
About the Worcester Tree Initiative
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. In particular 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.
The Tree Initiative 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 works in partnership with public and private groups including 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
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
Mary Knittle State Representative Jim O'Day Jordan Levy
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