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A tree-mendous alliance is coming to Boston

Tree Alliance will help reduce the temperature in the city with an expanded tree canopy.

A magnolia tree with white blossoms outside a Boston home.

Nearly 60% of Boston’s tree canopy is on private property.

Photo by BOStoday

A new program to encourage tree growth is coming to Boston.

Mayor Michelle Wu recently announced the launch of Tree Alliance. The new program will provide resources and support for residents growing trees on their own property. Fun fact: Approximately 60% of Boston’s tree canopy is on private land.

Mayor Wu speaks at the tree alliance press conference

Mass Audubon and members of the City’s PowerCorpsBOS hosted a tree planting demonstration on Monday, May 12.

Video via City of Boston

“The best green technology we have is trees,” Mayor Wu said last Friday, during an event to celebrate the new microforest at the entrance of Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary.

The microforest is the result of a collaboration between Boston City Council, the City’s Urban Forestry Division, PowerCorpsBOS to reduce the heat island effect — think: urban areas with little green space that experience higher temperatures as a result.

Interested in increasing Boston’s tree canopy? The Urban Forestry Division Hiring is hiring a field crew. Seven positions will be available. Check out the City’s career page.