Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Got Tree-Plantable Space?

From Casey Trees:

D.C. Tree Lovers:

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.

We know the canopy numbers, and to be honest we won’t tell you what they are (you’re going have to wait patiently for the release of our fifth annual Tree Report Card this Arbor Day, April 26th). But to be sure, there are many communities around the city that are under-utilizing their potential canopy.

Satellite imagery and GIS data tell us that the opportunity to increase those numbers, and their innumerable benefits for all District residents, is within our grasp - but in order to do that, we need your help identifying potential areas to plant.

DC, Tree City USA street signNo one knows your neighborhood like you – from the freshest produce vendor in Eastern Market to the fastest corner in Chinatown 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 that has space for 10 or more trees anywhere across the District and faster than you think, that space could be transformed.

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

P.S. – for those of you concerned about a lack of space for 10 trees, note that those ten trees don’t have to be in the exact same space. We have worked with groups to find two or three places to plant within relative proximity of each other in the past, and are willing to continue it moving forward. Reach out to us and we’ll work with you as best we can!”

More Casey Tree information resources:

·         Reasons to Plant Trees.
·         Right Tree, Right Space.
·         Reach Out – Ways to Advocate.

This post encourages me to add a set of links for urban forestry in the right sidebar.  Here are some of the resources I'll be adding:

-- Alliance for Community Trees
-- American Forests
-- Arbor Day Foundation
-- Benefits of Urban Trees (MD DNR)
-- Casey Trees (DC)
-- Chesapeake Bay Urban Tree Canopy Goals (MD DNR)
-- DC DDOT Urban Forestry
-- Edible Landscaping Nursery
-- Georgia Model Urban Forest Book
-- Guide to Assessing Urban Forests
-- Guidelines for Developing and Evaluating Tree Ordinances
-- Human Dimensions of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening (U Washington)
-- Influence of Trees and Landscaping on Rental Rates at Office Buildings
-- I-Tree: Tools for Community Forests
-- Missouri Urban Trees Guide
-- New York City's Urban Forests
-- New York State Urban Forestry Council
-- Planning the Urban Forest: Ecology, Economy, and Community Development
-- Public Value of Nature: Economics of Urban Trees, Parks and Open Space
-- San Diego County Trees
-- Sustaining America’s Urban Trees and Forests
-- Trees mean business: a study of the economic impacts in NYC and NJ commercial districts
-- 22 benefits of urban street trees (Dan Burden)
-- Urban & Community Forestry, US Forest Service
-- Urban Horticulture Institute (Cornell)
-- Urban Tree Foundation
-- Urban Watershed Forestry Manual
-- Washington, DC Urban Tree Canopy Goal documents (Casey Trees)
-- Watershed Forestry Resource Guide

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