New Blog Post: Tree Planting in Massachusetts
A great piece of investigative reporting in the Boston Globe revealed how far the City of Boston has been lagging on its promise to plant 100,000 new trees by 2020. This worthy goal, originally laid out by Mayor Menino, involved a commitment to grow and expand the city’s overall tree canopy by 20 percent. In addition to improving the quality of life for Boston residents, the project offers very positive environmental benefits and constitutes a relatively simple way to deal with carbon emissions and curb energy use.
Master Tree Stewards
If you have ever wanted to learn how to care for the trees in your yard, or wondered why the trees in your neighborhood are dropping branches, or had any questions about the city's trees you need to sign up for our Master Tree Stewards Class. We will be covering a range of subjects to help you feel confident when working in your yard and give you a new perspective on the trees all around you. More information available on our upcoming events page.
Calling for Planting Projects
As we continue our work to grow the urban and community forest in Worcester and beyond we are looking for planting projects that will have benefits for communities and neighborhoods. Whether it's neighborhood street tree planting, improving and island/median, planting in a park, or revitalizing an abandoned space, we are inviting groups to propose planting projects to us.
A great example of the kinds of projects we're looking for is one we did in Boylston this spring. Most of the trees in a neighborhood median had died leaving the residents with no virtually no street trees. A neighbor reached out to us asking for six trees and worked with the town to get the planting approved. Another neighbor came to pick up the trees and brought them to the planting site. Then, the organizer's family came out to help plant and are now caring for the trees.
Project proposals can be submitted through a form we've created specifically for this purpose. This proposal will make us aware of your interest, give us an idea of what your project entails, and who to reach out to for more information.
Congressman Jim McGovern
Tim Murray; President/CEO, Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce
State Representative Jim O'Day
Senate President Harriette Chandler
Grace Elton, CEO, Tower Hill Botanic Garden
School Committee Member Jack Foley
State Senator Michael Moore
Paul Moosey, Commissioner, Dept. of Public Works, Worcester
Selectman Ken O'Brien
Selectman Chris Rucho
City Councilor Matthew Wally