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 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.
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.
Worcester Receives $20,000 Grant from TD Green Streets to Support Local Urban Forestry
March, 2016 – Worcester, MA – Today, Worcester, was announced as a winner of TD Green Streets, a grant program from TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and the Arbor Day Foundation supporting innovation in urban forestry. The $20,000 grant will fund projects throughout Worcester by Worcester Tree Initiative including training students at Claremont Academy and The Boys and Girls Club, and members of Alternatives Unlimited. Stewards will be trained in tree care skills including tree identification, condition assessments, planting and pruning techniques. Trainees will also learn about tree biology, ecology, and principles of urban forestry. Participating youth will also help to plant 20 trees in November at athletic fields which are currently being constructed next to the Boys and Girls Club clubhouse.
As spring has now begun I'm beginning to see buds opening up. Find the trees and other plants in your yard that are budding and take pictures of their progress, and of course, share them with us starting now and going through April!
For more information about the #MyStreetMyTree photo campaign click here.
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