Our Mission

The mission of Speak for the Trees is to improve the size, health, and equity of the urban tree canopy in Boston, with a focus on under-resourced and under-canopied neighborhoods.

Our mission is grounded in four root values

  1.  Urban resilience is critical in this era of global climate change.
  2.  All Boston residents deserve a clean and healthy urban environment, no matter their zip code.
  3.  Strong and green communities are the backbone of safe spaces, social cohesion, and livable neighborhoods.
  4.  All residents play an important role in solving local and global environmental challenges.

How we do our work

  • We develop and co-create projects at the community level. We believe that change happens when residents have ownership over their spaces and are empowered to take action.
  • We view tree planting, care, and stewardship as a way to connect residents to themselves, their neighborhood, and the global environment. We raise awareness about the importance of trees and the role that every resident can take in planting and caring for trees. We partner closely with community organizations to better understand and deeply engage residents in our work.
  • We are committed to partnering with the numerous existing local and national environmental organizations to build a healthy urban forest. Through robust collaborations and shared best practices, we create programs that respond to the unique needs, geography, and structure of each neighborhood. We envision a city with a healthy tree canopy that takes into account issues of equity such as diversity, race, socioeconomic status, and geography.
  • We advocate for updated city and state policies and funding related to tree planting, tree preservation, neighborhood prioritization, and length of care to ensure trees are efficiently planted and strategically placed in communities that need them most.
  • Ryan Woods with Teens Commissioner Woods discusses the importance of Boston's Urban trees

    “I met with the Teen Urban Tree Corps in the field ... [and] was impressed by their dedication and recognition of the importance of Boston's trees. The program stands as a model for engaging youth while the information they gathered will help us in planning Boston's green future.”

    Ryan Woods, Boston Parks Commissioner

  • Kids with free tree

    Tree Equity Matters

    Urban trees are a critical asset to cities: they sequester carbon, reduce energy usage, remove air pollutants, filter stormwater, and cool hot city streets by providing shade and releasing water vapor.

    Learn More about Tree Equity in Boston