In 1907, Providence Rhode Island was the site of about 50, 000 street trees. Seventy three years later, a street tree inventory recorded a population of 22,320 trees. In our urban environment, street trees must be replanted to compensate for loss from age, disease and structural defects, or the overall tree canopy will continue to shrink. population declines. Replanting requires dedicated & experienced staff and money for trees & equipment.

The Providence Neighborhood Planting Program (PNPP) was established in 1988 as a partnership between the Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Street Tree Endowment, the City of Providence, and city residents to ensure consistent private/public funding for the continued planting of street trees in Providence at a grassroots level.

PNPP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which shares the costs with the Providence Parks Department in a 50/50 match, and works closely with the Division of Forestry to plant an average of 450 to 550 trees a year, through community-led neighborhood street tree planting awards.

Since 1989, PNPP has co-funded the planting of over 13,000 street trees through the efforts of over 620 neighborhood groups. This effort has helped us to gradually begin to replenish our tree canopy. A 2006 citywide tree inventory found 25,000 street trees in Providence, consisting of 95 different species.  Another citywide Street Tree Tally is currently underway, and should be finished by mid-2018; this will allow us to measure the progress we have made since then!

As a public private partnership, the PNPP management team represents both the Providence Parks Department and the Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Providence Neighborhood Planting Endowment.

The PNPP team:

Douglas Still, Providence City Forester

Cassie Tharinger, Director of PNPP

Fraser Gilbane, Advisor to Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Street Endowment

Tim More, Advisor to Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Street Endowment

Peggy Sharpe, Advisor to Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Street Endowment

Sarah Sharpe, Advisor to Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Street Endowment


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