Friday, April 19, 2013

Guest Post from our friends at Casey Trees: Restoring Our Tree Canopy with Community Tree Plantings

The following guest post is provided by Casey Trees -- one of our very favorite local nonprofits.  Casey Trees' mission is "To restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital." 

Got Plantable Space?

The District has made some strides lately towards becoming a greener, healthier place to live. The Mayor’s recently released Sustainable DC Plan has set some goals that we believe are reachable – including a 40% tree canopy goal, and an annual tree planting goal of 8,600 trees per year. But as hard as we’ve worked the past 10+ years, we know we’re not capable of achieving them without your help.

H Street, and Ward 6 generally, have 17% canopy, well below the 40% goal – but through satellite imagery and GIS data, we know that the opportunity is there to double that number. But in order to do that, we need your help identifying potential areas to plant.

No one knows your neighborhood like you – from the freshest produce vendor in Eastern Market to the fastest corner to get a cab, your relationship with your community is special, and we appreciate that. We just ask that the next time you’re going for a run, walking the pup, or heading home from work, consider one question: “Got Plantable Space?”

If the answer is yes, then Casey Trees’ Community Tree Planting program is the next step. We provide the trees, tools, and technical assistance for hundreds of plantings around the District in the fall and spring every year – all you have to do is submit an application. Let us know of a place with space for 10 or more trees in the larger H Street neighborhood and faster than you think, that space could be transformed.

No one knows your neighborhood like you. Help us give it a greener future.

Thinking Green Thoughts –

Casey Trees

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