In addition, under Mayor Jon Mitchell’s leadership, New Bedford has implemented a robust urban forestry program to build its tree population citywide and improve the urban environment. In 2022, during Mayor Mitchell’s State of the City Address, he announced the City’s 1,000 tree-planting initiative using federal relief funds. So far, the City has planted 780 trees under this initiative. In total, 4,554 trees have been planted since 2014.
“Trees provide numerous benefits: they provide natural shade and mitigate the ‘heat island’ effect, slow traffic speeds, add value to homes and businesses, absorb stormwater, and improve air quality,” said Mayor Mitchell. “They cultivate a healthier, vibrant, and resilient cityscape, which is why it’s so important that we continue to plant away.”
Any resident interested in the Adopt-A-Tree Program may contact DPI at (508) 979- 1550. The list can be found here:https://www.newbedford-ma.gov/special-announcements/adopt-a-tree-program/. If residents are interested in picking out a street tree, the City purchases shade trees through Sylvan Nursery, Inc. Any selection is subject to approval by DPI.