Rebuilding Worcester’s Urban Forest
Worcester Tree Initiative (WTI) was initiated in January 2009 by Congressman Jim McGovern and Lt. Governor Tim Murray, after officials estimated that tens of thousands of trees would need to be removed due to an an infestation of the invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle, but there was no plan to replace them. WTI filled that role and was able to plant 30,000 trees in Worcester and surrounding towns in October of 2014.
Since then, WTI has continued to plant trees and expanded their tree care training program, forming the Stewards in the Streets program, and acting as community agents driving tree planting and care initiatives. WTI is eager to plant trees in neighborhoods with few green spaces and to train residents to care for them. More information about the Worcester Tree Initiative here.