Boston announced yesterday it's hired a landscape architecture firm and a forestry consultant to develop an "urban forestry plan" aimed at increasing the number of trees in the city.
Stoss Landscape Urbanism of Boston and Urban Canopy Works of Goshen, KY will compile a "20-year plan will set citywide goals for canopy protection, be responsive to climate change and development, and enhance the quality of life for all Bostonians," with the aid of local residents and groups, the mayor's office says, adding efforts will be particularly strong in "communities that have been disproportionately impacted by environmental stressors." The announcement of the $500,000 planning effort continues:
Over the past five years, tree removals on residential, private, and institutional property have been the main contributors to canopy loss.
Then City Councilor Ayanna Pressley began pressing for more trees in 2018 as she watched developers buzz-saw trees to make way for all those new buildings.
Boston 2020 tree canopy assessment.
Speak for the Trees, Boston.