Trees as a Public Good is an advocacy network for protecting the forests and urban trees of Massachusetts. Our network membership includes individuals and members of other advocacy groups as well as scientists. Trees are a public good because they create our livable climate as well as reversing climate change and lessening the impact of existing climate dangers. Trees remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere for free; reduce heat and particle pollution from the air; clean and store rainwater and reduce flooding; create and preserve healthy soil; promote human health and wellbeing; provide habitat for biodiversity, and more.

Based on current climate science, we advocate that at least 30% of forests, including all publicly owned forests, must be allowed to grow old, uncut and wild. We also advocate that urban and non-forest trees be preserved and the tree canopy increased especially in environmental-justice communities. Development projects must follow best green building practices that accommodate and protect healthy trees. 

We work to educate and influence the public, the environmental community, and government officials based on current, relevant, and independent * peer-reviewed science, so that more forests and non-forest trees can provide us with their maximum life giving, health, and climate healing services.

* By independent, we mean science not funded by wood- product, hunting, industrial solar, or other commercial interests.

 Our main group meets on Zoom twice a month and is open to all who support its purpose. Join the TreesPG Network by filling out this form: Learn More

(TreesPG pages are in progress – more to come)