Forestry shall provide for the maintenance and the management of all City-owned street and park trees in a cost effective manner. This is accomplished by providing effective leadership and services to the taxpayers and local agencies. This shall include planting, trimming, removing dead/dying trees and stump grinding when funded, inspecting suspect trees, conducting public tree hearings (M.G.L. Chapter 87) and providing storm clean-up of all public tree damage (street, park and cemetery) during the fiscal year.
Forestry shall also secure and manage any contracts related to services associated with all trees and stumps in the city. Forestry will expand the use of the newly implemented street tree management and GIS software system to manage this important natural resource. Additionally, Forestry shall work as a collaborative partner with the USDA and Commonwealth DCR on the eradication of the Asian Longhorned Beetle.
The Hope Cemetery section is responsible for the maintenance and management of 160+ acres including, but not limited to interment, monumentation and grounds maintenance.
Hope Cemetery provides public and private funerals, the sale of lots, and the installation of markers and monuments. Special emphasis is placed on preparing the cemetery grounds in respect to Memorial Day.
The Recreation section will coordinate and continue fundraising initiatives to secure the funds required to maintain the collaboration with Worcester Public Schools for after MCAS recreational programs at four sites. Recreation with continue to seek private fundraising initiatives to secure the funds required to host the Annual Youth March Madness Basketball Tournament. Recreation will work collaboratively with Worcester Professional Baseball on baseball clinics and other events with the city's professional baseball team. Recreation shall also continue to pursue grants and donations to restore/expand/enhance and/or create new recreational programs.