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 State Senator 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