Mayor Menino Hosts Dorchester Arbor Day Event
Mayor Menino will use the event to announce a new initiative to dramatically increase tree canopy cover in the city, as well as a partnership with the USDA Forest Service to launch the nation’s first Urban Research Forest.
With the “Growing Boston Greener” initiative, the city is setting a goal of increasing canopy cover by 20% by the year 2030. This is a significant undertaking, and will require the planting of over 100,000 trees between now and 2020. The initiative will focus on addressing environmental justice concerns by planting trees in areas with low canopy cover, and on mitigating urban heat islands, and will include plantings on both public and private property.
For more information, visit the Grow Boston Greener website at www.cityofboston.gov/parks/streettrees/growboston.asp.