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In order to make a real impact on Tree Equity, Newport Tree Conservancy (NTC) remodeled their 2022 planting program by focusing exclusively on equity. Instead of giving away free trees on a first-come-first-served basis, NTC focused on Newport’s Health Equity Zone (HEZ) district, an area targeted by the state health department for improved health outcomes, where Tree Equity Scores are the lowest in the state. The NTC staff used Tree Equity Score Analyzer (TESA) to clarify and grow support for their new vision among their stakeholders.


Newport Tree Conservancy

This project was funded by the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service’s 2022 Urban Forest Resilience grant in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture and Forest Environment.

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