The Emerald Necklace is one of only a few remaining intact linear parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s first landscape architect. Rarely does an urban environment combine the natural beauty of parks with all of the cultural attractions of a city. Even more rare is to find our most historic and valued trees woven in and out of city streetscapes. We have Olmsted to thank for this amazing planned canopy we all benefit from and can now protect.
The Olmsted Tree Society was founded in 2013 as the 10th Anniversary project of Party in the Park to preserve and maintain trees in the Emerald Necklace. Contributions to the Olmsted Tree Society have provided over $1.7 million for the important work of assessing the condition of trees in the Emerald Necklace and planning to ensure their healthy future.
Undertaken in collaboration with the conservancy’s public partners, Boston Parks & Recreation, Brookline Parks and Open Space and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the initiative intends to preserve heritage trees in these historic parks, some of which are more than 100 years old. In addition, the project will protect healthy trees with selective pruning and soil enhancement; plant new trees where needed in the Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Olmsted Park, Franklin Park, around Jamaica Pond and along the parkways of the Necklace. Even more important, the effort will help educate the public about the critical relationship between trees and a healthy urban environment in order to sustain ongoing support for the project.