Our Work

Founded in 2018, our mission is to increase the size and health of Boston’s urban forest, especially in underserved and under-canopied neighborhoods.

Volunteers at Sherrin Woods tree planting event. Photo: SFTTB

Trees matter—for public health, for environmental justice, for adapting to climate change.

At Speak for the Trees, Boston, we care about trees because they care for us. We work at the intersection of environmental justice, racial and social equity, public health, and climate change to advocate for a healthy and equitable urban forest in Boston. We recognize the inequities of tree canopy coverage and believe that trees are a vital component of developing, building, and maintaining healthy and vibrant communities. View our Tree Equity maps to see what we mean.

We work at the community level (with you, Boston), to build trusting partnerships that honor local experiences, perspectives, and goals.

We recognize that trees can be complicated and disputed objects. We work to develop relationships between communities, residents, and trees as a tool to strengthen neighborhoods and to develop resilience in its many forms, whether it be social, economic, or environmental.

  • Our tree giveaways and tree plantings empower residents to become stewards for their communities, connecting them to their space and their place on earth..
  • Our tree inventory helps residents see and appreciate the trees around their homes.
  • Our Teen Urban Tree Corps builds the next generation of environmental advocates and tree stewards for a green and hopeful future.
  • Our advocacy work protects trees threatened by challenging urban conditions and the encroachment of development.

We invite you to help grow and maintain Boston’s urban forest by signing up for our newsletter, volunteering, or donating.

Support Boston’s resilient future by joining our efforts.

We partner with local and national organizations.

Our forest is made up of a diverse array of trees, people, and organizations. We partner with local groups, including:

  • Boston Parks and Recreation Department
  • Boston Parks and Recreation’s Urban Wilds
  • Friends of Melnea Cass Boulevard
  • HERO Hope Garden
  • Keep Hyde Park Beautiful
  • Boston Food Forest Coalition
  • Farmers’ Collaborative
  • The American City Coalition
  • Northeastern University
  • Boston University’s URBAN Program
  • And many more….

We also work closely with state and national organizations including the Department of Conservation and Recreation, American Forests, and Arbor Day Foundation.

We continue to grow and branch out with new collaborations and programs. Reach out – we’d be eager to work with your organization too!

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  • 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

  • child at event Photo: SFTTB

    Tree Equity Matters

    Urban trees have been shown to decrease blood pressure, reduce heart disease, and improve mental health.

    Learn More about Tree Equity in Boston
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