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!
New Trees Beat the Heat with Help from the Young Adult Foresters
Since 2011 WTI has run a summer tree care program aimed at employing young people in the city; we call these youth our Young Adult Foresters (YAFs for short). This year the YAFs will spend seven weeks watering newly planted trees all around the city. You may see them making their way down Plantation and Franklin Street, or Pleasant St, or driving through your neighborhood on their way to some of the other streets trees have been planted on.
Since the task at hand is so large each year we ask residents with a newly planted tree in front of their home to help our crew out by taking on the task of watering that tree. When we all join together in the effort we can be more efficient and provide better care for these young trees that will one day give so much to us, our neighborhoods, and our city. If you would like to join us in the effort please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and telling us your name and which tree you will be watering.
Keep an eye out for the YAFs! You can't miss the big white pickup truck with a tank full of water in the back and their name in green on the tailgate. If you see them give them a wave!
Five Fall Events to Look For
Memorial Grove Planting October 1st in Green Hill Park
Clark Athletic Fields Tree Planting with Boys and Girls Club
Requests for Trees - If you are interested in getting trees for your home or business please contact us by email
Claremont Academy Interns begin September 9th REC Fruit Tree Plantings with YouthGrow and UGrow
Highland House Contribution a Community Effort!
Many thanks to the residents of the Highland House in Worcester who commemorated the recent wedding of the owner of the Highland House by contributing to the Worcester Tree Initiative! The residents of the multi-unit apartment complex collected $1,000 in honor of the newlyweds. This generous donation to WTI is especially touching because it is created through many hands of this close community. WTI has a strong relationship with Highland House. We have planted a public arboretum on their expansive grounds, we have conducted pruning trainings, volunteer tree stewards trainings and held fundraising events on the grounds. Most recently, Highland House welcomed a graduate of WTI’s Green Job’s Training Pilot Program. Twice a week, one of our graduates, a member of Alternative’s Inc assists Highland House’s maintenance staff.
Thanks to all of the Highland House for all you do for the community!
It Takes a City to Grow a Forest
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.
Worcester Tree Initiative: Rebuilding 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. 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 Tree Initiative was able to complete its initial goal to see that 30,000 trees were planted in Worcester and surrounding towns in October of 2014.
Since then we have continued to plant trees and have expanded our tree care training program, forming the Stewards in the Streets program. We see our purpose as acting as community agents driving tree planting and care initiatives. 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.
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