Restoring the Tree Canopy in Washington DC

We blogged before about a program to help homeowners plant trees in the city, but were delighted to see this evidence that the city itself is also working to renew the tree canopy that has always helped set DC apart from other cities...

With parents who grew up on the concrete streets of New York and Dublin, my sister and I were always taught to appreciate the trees in DC. We've watched with sadness as Dutch Elm disease decimated the tree canopy in the city, and applaud the efforts of the DC government and its partners to replant trees on our hometown's streets.

If you are interested in adding trees (10 or more) to your apartment complex, school, park, etc, you can apply to participate in the Community Tree Planting Program. Applicants propose a planting site in DC and locations for the trees. Successful applicants will be assigned a technical advisor to help determine which tree species to plant and where, and to develop a planting plan and maintenance schedule.

Casey Trees provides onsite planting help and all the required tools and trees at no cost. In return for the trees and the assistance, the applicants must agree to a post planting, two-year maintenance plan for the trees that includes weekly watering in the spring, summer and fall, attend an orientation meeting, and provide lunch to volunteers immediately following the planting. Applications received by June 15, 2009 will be considered for the winter planting season.

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