Tree Steward Training: Strengthening Branches in Your Community Forest
Two Day Training – October 24 & 25, 2014, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

Each fall, the Massachusetts Urban and Community Forestry Program, the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association , and the USDA Forest Service host a training for Tree Board members, tree activists, interested citizens, Tree Wardens and other green professionals. This Tree Steward Training provides foundation instruction in tree physiology, tree care, and other urban and community forestry issues with the aim of developing better tree stewardship in Massachusetts communities of all sizes.

Speakers include urban and community forestry professionals from the state, the USDA Forest Service, green industries, and the Massachusetts Urban and Community Forestry Program.

The registration deadline is October 10.

TST Registration Materials pdf format of TST Registration Materials
    TST Registration Materials doc format of TST Registration Materials
    TST Sponsorship Letter pdf format of TST Sponsorship Letter

For more information contact Mollie Freilicher 413-577-2966.


2014 Massachusetts Arbor Day Poster Contest
Budding Artists have a Chance to Bloom

Each year, over 1500 Massachusetts fifth graders participate in the Arbor Day Poster Contest. The winners reap rewards including art supplies, ice cream, and a tree for their school. Each year there is a theme such as, “Trees are Terrific…from acorn to oak!” (2003) or "Trees are Terrific....In Cities and Towns!" (2009) selected to encourage students to think about trees in new ways.

The theme for 2014, “Trees are Terrific and Good for Our Health!,” will inspire students to think about the important roles trees play in their community. However they wish to interpret the theme, we hope students enjoy this fun and valuable learning opportunity.

The deadline for this year’s entries is April 18, 2014.

Download - Poster Contest Rules and Information Packet pdf format of Poster Contest Rules and Information Packet
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Technical Assistance: Building Local Program Capacity
The DCR Urban and Community Forestry Program also provides direct technical assistance to communities. Our Community Action Foresters can help your community:

  • Train staff and volunteers for a community tree survey or inventory
    Build a Community Tree Committee 
  • Train staff or volunteers in tree care and management issues
  • Draft an Urban Forestry Management Plan

For more information, contact your community forester Julie Coop (617)626-1468


Massachusetts DCR - National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA (TCUSA) Awards

In partnership with the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Department of Conservation and Recreation administers the annual Tree City USA program. DCR is responsible for reviewing Tree City USA applications from Massachusetts to ensure that the information is current, accurate, and complete. We then recommend applicants for the award to the National Arbor Day Foundation. The deadline for submitting applications is December 31, 2014. The Arbor Day Foundation now makes the entire application process available on-line. DCR prefers that Cities and Towns use this on-line tool for the application process. However, if you need to fill out a paper application, please find below DCR instructions for submitting the application and the required budget sheet. All applications (standard TCUSA, Recertification, and Growth) can be found at the Arbor Day web site.

Please contact Mollie Freilicher 413-577-2966 or if you need additional information.


Tree Line USA and Tree Campus USA Awards

The Arbor Day Foundation has two additional award programs. Tree Line USA recognizes public and private utilities for practices that “protect and enhance” the urban forest. There are five core standards that companies meet. The goals of Tree Line USA are to promote a safe, reliable electric service and healthy trees in utility service areas. More information on the program.

The Tree Campus USA program recognizes college campuses for management of trees and for student and community involvement. Tree Campus USA has five core standards that schools must meet to be eligible. More information on Tree Campus USA.