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“Guiding Our Growth”:
Our 2024-2026 Strategic Plan

Speak for the Trees' three-year strategic plan charts the goals, strategies, and actions that we plan to undertake from 2024 through 2026 to sustainably grow our organization and Boston’s tree canopy.

Beating the Beetle

A small glimmering green insect, the Emerald Ash Borer, has found its way into Boston’s forest. Often shortened to EAB, this beetle feasts on ash trees, the 6th most common street tree in Boston. Of the approximately 38,000 street trees across the city, 1,817 are green ash trees (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) and make up 4.7% of....Read more

2023 Boston Urban Forest Friends Symposium

On Saturday, June 24th, the highly anticipated Boston Urban Forest Friends (BUFF) Symposium took place at the beautiful Arnold Arboretum Weld Hill Research Building. The BUFF Symposium is supported and sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The theme of the symposium was: Growing Together: The Urban Forest Plan and How Boston Becomes....Read more

2023 Teen Tree Summit

Speak for the Trees Hosts First Annual Teen Tree Summit Speak for the Trees hosted a highly successful Teen Tree Summit on Saturday, June 10th. This event celebrated and highlighted the environmental work of several youth groups in Boston that introduce participants to work and educational opportunities in the green sector. The organization of this....Read more

Training community members on using American Forests’ Tree Equity Score Analyzer

American Forests has recently developed a free powerful new digital tool – the Tree Equity Score Analyzer (TESA), based on its Tree Equity Score Explorer – that enables users to explore the positive environmental impacts of tree planting scenarios in their cities. Tree equity, one of our core values at Speak for the Trees, is....Read more


Arbor Week 2023

Join us April 21-29 as we celebrate trees In the spirit of community, Speak for the Trees, Boston, is proud to announce a series of events to celebrate trees and all they give us. We hope you can join us either in-person or online to acknowledge, thank, and honor trees. Trees are critical for our....Read more

A spring update from our teens

“I hope to spread awareness in my community about the importance of trees and how to make an impact.” – Melania Our Teen Urban Tree Corps members have been busy doing great work this year! Thanks to the City of Boston’s SuccessLink program, we were able to hire three BPS students for our School Year....Read more

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Teaching Children and Youth about Trees, Fall 2022

For the past several months, our Education Fellow from the College for Social Innovation, Victoria Leda, has been taking the lead on teaching lessons on tree equity and tree identification to children and youth throughout Boston. We are thankful for the partnership with several local organizations who made this work possible. Victoria has been supported....Read more

Breaking water column illustration

What we can see (and even hear) from trees during a drought

This past summer, much of the New England region received less than half the usual amount of precipitation. Prolonged, repeated heat waves combined with very little rain caused crop losses and degraded ecosystems, including the urban forest. The impacts of the drought are visible right now with many trees losing their leaves earlier this fall....Read more

We Can’t BeLEAF Our Teen Urban Tree Corps Program Has Come to an End

Youth supported Boston’s trees and Boston’s trees supported them.   As the summer comes to an end, so does our summer Teen Urban Tree Corps program. During the six week summer program, these teens visited 200 trees and watered them once a week, providing each tree with 10 gallons of water. All in all, these....Read more