Worcester Tree Initiative: Rebuilding Worcester's Urban Forest
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 initial goal of the Worcester Tree Initiative was to see that 30,000 trees are planted in Worcester and surrounding towns by 2014.
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.
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.
February's Photo Theme: Branches
One benefit of pruning in winter is that it lets you clearly see all of the branches in the tree. You can see how they cross one another, where the split, and how they taper from a strong stem to a slender twig. There's a certain beauty to the bare branches of winter. Capture some of that beauty and share it with us!
For more information about the #MyStreetMyTree photo campaign click here.
In the Media
In case you missed it, WTI was featured in the T&G last week in the article about Emerald Ash Borer.
"Worcester Tree Initiative Executive Director Ruth Seward said in an email that some ash trees in the city immediately come to mind as notable, including a ring of trees near the memorial at Newton Hill, and a large tree in Tatnuck Square."
We were also featured on Worcester New Tonight last week speaking on the same subject. You can watch that clip and learn more about Emerald Ash Borer on our Threats to Trees page.
It Takes a City to Grow a Forest
Please support the work that Worcester Tree Initiative does by making a donation. We work to rebuild Worcester's urban forest and ensure that it is healthy, well cared for, and equitably distributed. We need your support to ensure that this work is carried out. Learn more about how to grow the forest by clicking below.
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