Annual Lecture – Tuesday, October 30 – Newton Free Library – “Trees and People Around the World: An Historic Perspective”

Matthew Foti, President of Matthew R. Foti Landscape Design & Construction, Inc., will explore the relationship of trees and people around the world as well as the historic significance of some of our very own native trees. As the featured arborist for WGBH’s This Old House from 1988 to 2015, Matt provided tree care advice to millions of viewers.

This program is cosponsored by the Newton Tree Conservancy, Newton Conservators and Green Newton. Flyer 10-30-18 Trees Around the World


The Newton Tree Conservancy is a non-profit organization established in 2008 to restore, enhance and protect Newton’s Urban Forest. It was born out of the recognition that the city is not in a position to cover all the costs necessary to maintain our City trees – the trees along our streets and in our parks and other public areas, and that in order to continue to enjoy the economic and environmental benefits of these trees, we must take action to develop initiatives that will supplement what can be supported through the city’s budget.


Our goal is to promote the health of Newton’s trees through:

    • Funding for planting and care of new trees, as well as preservation pruning and tree maintenance in a way that will supplement – not replace – city funding
    • Educational programs to build public awareness of the value of trees and the risks of not properly caring for and replacing trees along streets and in parks and other public places, and to help people know how to keep their own trees healthy
    • Training programs and volunteer opportunities to give citizens an opportunity to participate in tree maintenance and planting

Directors and Officers

Julia Malakie, President

Penny Caponigro, Recording Secretary

Ron Joseph, Membership Chair

Barbara Darnell, Treasurer

Nate Cenis, Director

Joe Drake, Director

Katherine Howard, Director

Kate Hudec, Director

Sonya McKnight, Director

Jack Wittenberg, Director Emeritus

Ex officio: Marc Welch, City of Newton Director of Urban Forestry

The Newton Tree Conservancy thanks its sponsors: Newton Community Pride (www.newtoncommunitypride.org), the Charles River Neighborhood Foundation (www.charlesriverneighborhoodfoundation.org), Newton Conservators Inc. (www.newtonconservators.org), and the City of Newton Division of Urban Forestry (www.newtonma.gov/gov/parks/forestry/default.asp).




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