Historic Timeline

Since at least the mid-70s planting trees has been an important issue East Boston, but the canopy remains at 7% despite numerous City programs like “Plantree” and “Grow Boston Greener.”

Below is a brief timeline, mostly excerpted from the East Boston Community News in the 70s.

  • 1972-11-21 “New sidewalk trees don’t come so cheap” There were 300 individual tree requests for free city-planted trees in East Boston last year and only 250 trees ended up being planted in the entire city of Boston. This was after 3 years of waiting, and Eastie only got 11 trees from the city. Under Project Plantree $25 helps buy a tree for the city. $125 will plant a tree in your neighborhood, and buying 10 strees at 125 a piece allows the donor to choose the site with the help of a Parks and Recreation expert. If the tree is planted on a sidewalk or any paved area, it cost an extra $40 per tree.
  • 1972-10-23 “Concrete and fungus killing trees on Bennington St.”
  • 1973-07-22 “Boston’s ‘Plantree’ aims to repopulate dying genus of shade”
  • 1973-12-18 “East Boston gets 20 new trees” Twenty new trees were planted around East Bos- ton last weeks by the Parks Department.
  • Th~ trees were placed on sites determined by a waiting list at the Little City Hall, but Little City Hall Manager. John Vitagliano said they were distributed fairly equally around East Boston. If you would like the city to plant a tree near your house, you can put your name on the list, but expect to wait “a couple of years” according to Vitagliano . . If you’d like one right away, you can do what a household at 112 Trenton Street did. They paid $165 for a tree and waited about two months. The city normally plants trees twice a year, at this time and in the Spring. The Trenton Street owners have placed a protective fence around their 14-foot tree. One neighbor said, “It’s beautiful, I could have cried when I saw it.” Said another, “Let’s hope it stays there for a long time.”
  • 1974-08-13 “Help Plantree Program save city trees” The city trees are suffering from drought right now and Parks ask everyone to help water them. New trees especially need water.
  • 1975-07-08 “Eastie gets a little greener” When fall comes this year, 400 new trees will turn red and gold on East Boston’s city streets. The plan was by John Truslow. These trees are the first of an expected 2,000 to be paid for by a federal revenue sharing funds. […] The first 400 to 500 trees will cost about $110,000. The remaining 1500 will cost $300,000 in revenue sharing funds.
  • 1975-07-08 “Folly – planting a halfdead tree” Speaking of folly – the planting of a halfdead tree seems to be the height, especially
  • when the delivery truck carried a number of healthy ones. Mrs. McKenna of 125 Webster St. questioned the planting of a half-dead tree in front of her house when healthy trees were available. She appealed to the city. They placed the blame with the contractor. The question is, who supervises the contractor? The recommendation was: “Care for the tree, sick as it is. If it dies, it will be ret:lat::ed. Now it becomes a question of economics. Time, labor and money will be expended a second time for a project which should have been done properly in the first place. If you are curious about the location of this first planting of trees at the Point, the answer is “The List.” If your name appears on a list at Little City Hall, compiled a few years back, then you too will be a recipient. If you tend to be cynical, then you too have met a person who, when asked about the tree, newly planted in front of his home, just shrugged and said, ” I don’t know.”
  • 1975-12-06 “Reforesting East Boston: ‘Everyone wants a tree’”
  • 1976-11-23 “Everyone wants trees, but who will get them” The City will plant nearly 1500 trees in East Boston this spring.
  • 1985-10-26 “East Boston foliage tour”
  • 1986-05-06 Meanwhile, US congressional candidate Clark Abt made an appearance. in Brophy Park to plant a tree in the district Across Jeffries Cove in Brophy Park, Republican hopeful (right-hand pho-to, second from left) came out to plant a tree because “It’s high time someone planted more trees in East Boston.”
  • 2007-04-30 “Mayor Announces 100,000 Trees Will be Planted in City by 2020”
  • 2009-03-29 “Groups collaborate to make sure Boston branches out”
  • 2012-07-07 “Boston struggles with goal to plant 100,000 trees”
  • 2017-07-05 “Youth Brigade Aims To Close Tree Canopy Gap In East Boston”
  • 2017-07-11 “A tree brigade grows in East Boston”
  • 2017-08-09 “NOAH Youth Crew Makes Case for More Trees in Eastie”
  • 2018-05-04 “NOAH Youth Crew’s Tree Canopy Project Progresses”
  • 2018-06-09 “Boston fails in promise to plant 100,000 trees”
  • 2019-02-01 “Eversource Teams up with NOAH for Tree Canopy Project”