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why isn’t Winthrop on this list I watch so many trees being cut or destroyed that need to be re planted especially with the airport so close
Winthrop does not currently qualify as a Gateway City. The General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 23A, Section 3A defines Gateway Cities as:
– a municipality with a population between 35,000 and 250,000
– a median household income below the commonwealth’s average
– a rate of educational attainment of a bachelor’s degree or above that is below the commonwealth’s average
There are currently 26 Gateway Cities in Massachusetts.
Thank you so much for the trees! Our yard is so much nicer now! We really appreciate the trees that were planted and the wonderful communication throughout the process.
I love that we are encouraging people to plant trees. However, why are there so many non-native and/or invasive species on this list? We have plenty of native trees that work great in our region and also help support native wildlife. It’s s shame that non-native trees are even an option here.
Hello and thank you for your support of the program. To answer you question, this program specifically targets inner-city locations with high amounts of impervious surfaces and low amounts of existing tree canopy. We do offer over 20 local native species of trees, as well as 10 other species native to the larger region. However, none of these trees are native to compacted backfill and building debris that make up the majority of inner-city urban soil. These communities have been urbanized for over 100 years, so may of the natural processes that would support the native habitat have been removed.
We offer some non-native (but non-invasive) trees who have characteristic which help them live in difficult urban conditions. These trees can withstand soil compaction, drought, salt, and other contaminants that would otherwise stress or prohibit the growth of native trees. We do promote the planting of native trees, where possible, with our “Right Tree, Right Place” guidelines. Every tree is planted after a site visit from our trained Urban Forestry professionals, who meet with you at the location, and participate in a dialogue on what tree characteristics are right for you. Give us a call anytime to set up your site visit and get your free tree!
Pittsfield is being transformed! Despite being surrounded by forests, school yards were not shady and the rare tree was the object of much delight and play by the children. Now the public schools’ playgrounds have amazing new trees planted all around them, promising a much more dynamic and shaded play and learning space for the children. Similar plantings throughout the city show a wonderful future cityscape. DCR team is always happy to talk with the kids and local stakeholders.