Editorial: Tree by tree, Worcester is a better city

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If you’re looking for a different sort of volunteer opportunity this summer, you could “branch out.”

The Worcester Tree Initiative is growing its Stewards in the Streets program, which, naturally, is more about trees than streets. The program, partly funded by an Urban Challenge Grant from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, is looking for volunteers to try a bit of tree caretaking on a civic scale.

The Worcester Tree Initiative (WTI) will hold one of its two-hour Street Tree Inventory Workdays on Saturday, June 18.

Those interested in checking out Stewards in the Streets are invited to meet at 9 a.m. at the corner of Mayflower Circle and Burncoat Street. WTI staff will be on hand, and people will be partnered with experienced volunteers to gather information about the size, location, species and basic condition of street trees in that neighborhood, in the vicinity of Quinsigamond Community College.

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