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Other Projects

Friends of Trees has been involved in many projects over the years. Here are some of our recent achievements.

Educational Grant Program

The purpose of the grant is to support teachers and non-profit organizations interested in undertaking educational efforts related to the science and value of trees. Grants will be awarded for projects that promote education, research and public awareness of the value of trees; promote sound ecological horticultural practices; or other projects consistent with Friends of Trees’ mission.

Friends of Trees grant funds may be used for teacher training and student education; transportation in the case of field trips; speaker honorarium; and materials related to the educational purpose of the grant program. Projects that directly benefit the Town of Chatham community will receive preference, with priority given to programs benefitting students of the Monomoy elementary and middle schools including the Lighthouse Charter School.

Friends of Trees will accept grant applications throughout the year, and each grant will be considered on its merits. Contact us for more information.

Click here to download the Grant Guidelines and Application.

Tree City USA

Friends of Trees is proud of our role in assisting the Town of Chatham with its successful application for its designation as a Tree City USA.

In 2013 Chatham became the 77th Massachusetts community to be designated a Tree City.  And we are pleased that Chatham has received approval for the designation again every year through 2020--8 years.

To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management plan and program.

  • A Tree Board or Department
  • A Tree Care Ordinance
  • A Community Forestry Program With an Annual Budget of at Least $2 Per Capita
  • An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation


Cockle Cove Creek Headwaters Reforestation

In 2013 Friends of Trees supported the Cockle Cove Creek Headwaters Reforestation Project with a donation of 45 large trees. The property (former site of the Pit Stop restaurant) was purchased by the Town of Chatham for open space with Community Preservation Act funds. Reforestation will create a continuous green corridor along this stretch of Main Street, while restoring wildlife habitat and protecting water quality by stabilizing soils and absorbing excess nutrients.