Saturday, May 18, 2024

From the Department of Public Works, on April 10, 2018: Arbor Week runs through Friday, focused on activities and information promoting the city’s urban forest.

The Tree Advisory Committee plans a public meeting for 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 25, at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge, to discuss ways to grow and strengthen the three programs Cambridge Trees is launching to protect our urban forest as well as ways to support the city’s Department of Public Works during its tree planting season.

Members of the Department of Public Works’ Urban Forestry Division will post information about the benefits of tree species around Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority stations and other high pedestrian traffic areas in the city and take part in events that include:

bullet-gray-small April 24: City Arborist Dave Lefcourt plans to table outside City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, from 10 a.m. to noon to hand out free seedlings and other materials, as well as talk with residents about the role trees play in the city.

bullet-gray-small April 25: Lefcourt will lead a Tree Walk through Mid-Cambridge and into Harvard Yard from 5 to 7 p.m., starting in front of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway. Free bare root seedling trees will be available.

bullet-gray-small April 26: From 10 a.m. to noon, weather permitting, members of the community are invited to the Cambridge Main Library to collect information about trees, get a free seedling and watch members of the Urban Forestry Division show off their tree-climbing skills. Librarians will read a tree-themed book to children outside the library at 11 a.m.

bullet-gray-small April 27: The week wraps up with an Arbor Day tree planting at 10 a.m. in Greene-Rose Heritage Park, 155 Harvard St., in The Port neighborhood near Kendall Square, with Lefcourt, city officials and local students on hand. All are invited to attend.

“Last year was our first Arbor Week celebration, and we’re excited to continue and build upon this new tradition,” Public Works Commissioner Owen O’Riordan said. “To maintain a healthy, vibrant urban forest, it’s essential that the city and its residents do all we can to care for trees year-round.”

Can’t attend these events but still want to get involved? Participate in the “Adopt-A-Tree” program to support street trees and help maintain our urban forest.

The city program lets residents search for a street tree near the address of their choice (a home, business, school, etc.) and commit to keeping it healthy by watering it and tending to it. The program is at