Mary Knittle Featured on the Faces of Urban Forestry
The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Mary Knittle, Co-Chair of Worcester Tree Initiative's Steering Committee and all around wonderful woman, in their Faces of Urban Forestry feature, on their website. It's an honor to receive this recognition knowing that there are so many people around the U.S who are doing amazing things for their urban forests as well. Read the write up on the website and be sure to check out some of the other Faces of Urban Forestry from around the nation.
Thirty Thousand Trees Planted!
Above, WTI Co-Founders Tim Murray (Left) and Congressman James P. McGovern (Right) stand with steering committee Co-Chair Mary Knittle. Mary holds her award, presented to her for her excellent guidance and unfailingly positive encouragement as we worked toward our goals.
The Thirty Thousandth Tree Planting Celebration on October 6th was amazing! We've collaborated with hundreds of people in the past 5 years and so many of them came to commemorate this special event. We at WTI are enormously grateful for all of the support we were given. Special thanks to Walmart, National Grid, CSX, ACTrees National Neighborwoods Month, Hanover Insurance Group, Bigelow Nurseries, and Highland House Apartments for their support of the event. Also, to Burncoat High School's Quadrivium Chorus, Junior ROTC Color Guard, and Art Program for their participation in the event as well as the Worcester Technical High School Culinary Arts Students for baking the pastries for us. This celebration was a special milestone and WTI is happy to say that we fully intend to continue the mission of reforesting Worcester and the surrounding towns, extending the goal to FIFTY Thousand trees by 2019! Here's to another five great years; we look forward to more giveaways, plantings, trainings, and building more relationships in this wonderful city.
Tree Condition Survey
Worcester Tree Initiative has given away more than 6,000 trees in the past five years to residents of the towns impacted by Asian Longhorned Beetle. If you received trees from us and planted them in your yard then you have had an enormous impact on your community and the environment—an impact that we can measure if we know how the trees are doing.
We’re asking everyone who received trees from a Worcester Tree Initiative event in the past five years to use the online tool we've created to tell us about your tree(s) and give us feedback about our program. It will only take about 5 minutes of your time so if you are a tree recipient please follow the link below and fill in the information as well as you can.
Thank you! Sincerely, Peggy Middaugh, Director Worcester Tree Initiative
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. 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