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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 River, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lynn, New Bedford, Pittsfield, QuincyRevere and Springfield.  Fall of 2020 adds four new communities - Fitchburg, Lowell, Salem and Westfield.

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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 each spring (April-June) and fall (September-November) planting seasons in the following cities:


Brockton Chelsea Chicopee
Fall River Haverhill Holyoke
Leominster Lynn New Bedford
Pittsfield Quincy Revere

For more information, contact Allison Smith at 617-626-1774 or

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Contact Your Local GGCP Office

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

For Brockton, call 617-626-1503 For Leominster call 617-626-1514
For Chelsea call 617-626-1459 For Lynn call 617-626-1502
For Chicopee call 617-626-1473 For New Beford call 617-626-1517
For Fall River call 617-626-1517 For Pittsfield call 617-626-1515
For Haverhill call 617-626-1516 For Quincy call 617-626-1570
For Holyoke call 617-626-1473

For Revere call 617-626-1459



For other locations, call 617-626-1774.