The HeartWood

Volume 10, Issue #8
August 8, 2018

Asian Longhorned Beetle : 10 Years Later

It is hard to believe that in August 2008, the largest infestation of the Asian Long horned Beetle was confirmed here in Worcester County. Anyone who lived in the Burncoat neighborhood of Worcester, knows the devastating effect of losing most of the neighborhood's trees almost instantly. Cyrus Moulton's Telegram & Gazette article from Sunday August 5, 2018 sums up the tremendous public/private effort that successfully reforested over 34,000 trees lost due to the ALB.

Tree Planting in Massachusetts: Much More Work to Do

By Tom Valovic

A great piece of  investigative reporting  in the Boston Globe revealed how far the City of Boston has been lagging on its promise to plant 100,000 new trees by 2020. This worthy goal, originally laid out by Mayor Menino, involved a commitment to grow and expand the city’s overall tree canopy by 20 percent. In addition to improving the quality of life for Boston residents, the project offers very positive environmental benefits and constitutes a relatively simple way to deal with carbon emissions and curb energy use.

The article pointed out a few troubling items such as the fact that New York City planned to plant 1 million trees by 2017 -- and met this goal two years early. In addition, satellite photos revealed that Boston’s canopy might actually have been reduced over the last few years which means it now lags behind many other urban areas in the US.
YAF 2018 Summer Summary
It’s hard to believe but we’re coming to the end of our Young Adult Foresters Summer program, generously sponsored by Massport’s Summer Jobs grant. It’s been a fun and highly productive summer. We watered 450 trees a week between our two teams! More than 100 trees have been cleared of weeds and protected for the year to come with a thick blanket of mulch. And the groundwork has been laid for even more planting in the weeks and months to come!
Lets Keep Planting!
We are still working to grow the urban and community forest in Worcester and beyond! In particular, we are looking for planting projects that will have benefits for communities and neighborhoods. Whether it's neighborhood street tree planting, improving and island/median, planting in a park, or revitalizing an abandoned space, we are inviting groups to propose planting projects to us.
Upcoming Events:

Master Tree Stewards Training Program at Tower Hill begins Tuesday, October 1st!

Hadwen Arboretum Census
​Saturday, September 22nd

Cut It Out: Basic Tree Pruning
Thursday, November 15th, 2018

All Things Evergreen
Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Connect with Us

Ruth Seward
Executive Director

Derek Lirange
Community Forester

Grace Elton, CEO
Tower Hill Botanic Garden

P.O. Box 2874, 
Worcester, MA 01613

(508) 869-6111 Ext. 190