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!
Thank You United Way, Masterman's, and Harr!
We want to give a big thank you to the United Way of Central Massachusetts for coordinating the 23rd annual Day of Caring and helping us to take care of Dodge Park yet again!
We also want to thank the volunteers from Masterman's and Harr Motors for being the boots on the ground, volunteering their time to work in the park picking up trash, pulling up weeds, clearing the trails, and spreading mulch along the trails. We should note that this was Harr's third year coming to the park to volunteer for the day of caring. We appreciate their neighborly commitment to WTI and to Dodge Park.
Thanks to all of the hard work of our 30 volunteers the park is looking gorgeous! It's full of fall flowers and trees that have grown unbelievably tall in the past few years.
This makeover comes just in time for our Fall Kickoff for the Stewards in the Streets program on Saturday, September 24th which will feature a guided tree walk through the park. We hope you'll join us to see the great work of our hard working volunteers that day and learn about other volunteer opportunities with WTI this fall.
Drought Mixes Up Plans
As I'm sure you've heard, Worcester is in a Stage 3 drought. This means we all need to do our part to conserve the dwindling amount of water we've got left in the reservoirs. The restrictions on water use include a ban on landscape watering. In order to avoid adding to the watering needs in the landscape Worcester Tree Initiative, DCR, and the Forestry Department will not be planting any new trees in Worcester this fall. We hope that you will join us in complying with the water conservation efforts.
For a full outline of the water usage restrictions in Worcester you can visit the city's website.
However, Worcester Tree Initiative will still have plenty to do this fall even without planting. The cooler, clear days forecasted for the the fall will be perfect for tree surveys, gator bag collection, and stake removal. We hope you'll join us to learn more about these projects at the Stewards in the Streets Fall Kickoff, Saturday, 9/24.
Worcester Tree Initiative: Rebuilding Worcester's Urban Forest
Our organization exists to grow, care for, and protect 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.
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.
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