Why Are Trees Important?
Trees are vital in every setting because they take in carbon dioxide while releasing oxygen. They act as air purifiers to provide for healthier environments, so that humans can breathe fresh air. Moreover, trees are especially crucial in urban settings where concentrations of carbon dioxide are increased due to factories and cars. Planted trees provide a city some resilience against climate change due to their ‘air purifying’ qualities. Aside from the health benefits trees provide humans, trees are beautiful. They create green spaces, and, on any day, birds and insects flock to trees, allowing for some aspects of the wilderness to be brought to cities.
What We Do
The Tree Canopy Project
An i-Tree project that maps Cambridge’s tree canopy to understand its health.
The Tree Task Force
The Tree Task Force is a group that works to protect the urban tree canopy.
Cambridge Trees Advisory Committee
A group of tree advocates who meet once a month to support Cambridge trees.
How to Get Connected
Cambridge Trees Advisory Committee Meetings
The Cambridge Trees Advisory Committee meets the second Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30 pm at the Eastern Bank (1 Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02138).
What We Advocate For
We advocate for a robust, connected urban tree canopy to the benefit of all residents:
- Our existing trees maintained and protected, no matter on private or public property
- Our existing public empty tree wells filled
- A robust "back of the sidewalk" program
- A commitment to native species and biodiversity
- Equitable distribution of trees across the city
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