Greening the Gateway Cities Program

DCR Urban and Community Forestry Greening the Gateway Cities Program is designed to reduce household heating and cooling energy use by increasing tree canopy cover in urban residential areas

A healthy urban forest ecosystems improves the quality of the water we drink, the air we breathe, the stability of our neighborhoods, and our sense of community and individual pride.

The DCR Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry Urban and Community Forestry crews, hired within local communities, plant trees in target neighborhoods to increase tree canopy cover for environmental and energy efficiency benefits.

Target Areas

This program, concentrated in Environmental Justice neighborhoods, targets areas within gateway cities that have lower tree canopy, older housing stock, higher wind speeds, and a larger renter population. GGCP is currently active in Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee , Fall RiverFitchburgHaverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, LeominsterLowellLynn, New Bedford, Pittsfield, QuincyRevereSalemSpringfield and WestfieldSpring of 2022 adds five new communities – Barnstable, Everett, Malden, Worcester, and Taunton.

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Join the Team

Greening the Gateway City team from Lynn
Greening the Gateway City team from Lynn

You can make a difference in  your community by joining the Greening the Gateway Cities planting team.  Increasing the urban canopy will help save energy, protect air and water quality, and improve overall community health.

Apply to join the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Greening the Gateway Cities urban tree planting program!

Tree planting laborer opportunities are available for the spring (April-June) and fall (September-November) planting seasons.

For more information, contact:

Douglas Hutcheson, (617) 826- 5724, douglas.hutcheson@mass.gov

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GGCP Grant Opportunities

Financial assistance to municipalities and non-profits for activities that support urban tree planting in coordination with the GGCP and the DCR Urban and Community Forestry program is available.  These grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis.

FY23 Grant Round Now Closed.

Municipal Partnership Grant

    • Grants to support municipalities as they identify and prepare urban areas for tree planting in coordination with DCR.
    • Eligible Applicants: Gateway City municipalities where DCR is planting in FY23
    • Maximum Award: $20,000

Non-Profit Partnership Grant

  • Grants to support non-profits in their work to communicate GGCP objectives, raise awareness of the benefits of urban trees, and encourage residents to participate in tree planting.
  • Eligible Applicants: Qualified non-profit 501(c)3 organizations
  • Maximum Award: $15,000

Tree Planting Implementation Grant

    • Grants will support tree planting and related activities that have a measurable impact on the urban canopy in Gateway Cities.
    • Eligible Applicants: Gateway City municipalities and qualified non-profit 501(c)3 organizations
    • Maximum Award: $100,000

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Contact

For more information, you can contact:

Vanessa Farny - Division of Conservation Services

(857) 330-1978

vanessa.farny@mass.gov

Contact Your Local GGCP Office

The GGCP operates all year long. Call your local GGCP office to determine if you are eligible to receive free trees or to schedule an appointment with a DCR Forester. Leave your name, address (including city), and telephone number.

 

Brockton (617) 626-1503

Haverhill         (617) 626-1516

Quincy       (617) 626-1570

Chelsea   (617) 626-1459

Holyoke           (617) 626-1473

Revere       (617) 626-1459

Chicopee (617) 626-1473

Leominster     (617) 626-1514

Salem         (617) 626-1503

Everett    (617) 626-1459

Lowell              (617) 626-1516

Taunton     (617) 626-1503

Fall River (617) 626-1571

Lynn                 (617) 626-1502

Westfield   (617) 626-1473

Fitchburg (617) 626-1514

Malden            (617) 826-5723

Worcester  (617) 826-5725

 

New Bedford  (617) 626-1571

 

 

 For Lawrence, Pittsfield, and Springfield, call (617) 826-5724.

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