Green FYI: Million Trees LA

Green FYI: Million Trees LA

Stephanie Kinnear
Nov 21, 2007

Talk about high expectations! Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants LA to be the greenest city in the U.S... He's got a ways to go -- but, his Million Trees LA initiative seems to be a very cool start (at least on the surface).

If you haven't heard about the program already, it's pretty self-explanatory: The Mayor wants to plant one million trees in LA over the next several years.

The coolest and, simultaneously, the most controversial part of the plan includes hundreds of thousands of free trees for the people of LA -- because 70 percent of the 1 million trees are slated for residential planting.

The free trees (which are being given away at fairs and special events in LA and through the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) pose a potential problem because of how many will most likely die in the hands of people who are ill-equipped to care for them.

(Read all about the initiative and its problems in this LA Times article)

On the flip-side -- this is a wonderful opportunity for residents of LA who have the space, time, and inclination to plant and nurture a tree.

If you live in LA and want a free tree, check out the LADWP web site, take an online tutorial, click a few boxes, and it will be delivered to your door.

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