Tree Protection

Mature trees are being lost at unacceptable rates to development, drought, pests, and inattention. Yet trees are essential services for providing nature access – especially in communities with few parks, supporting wildlife habitat, cooling neighborhoods and buildings, cleaning the air, reducing stormwater runoff, inviting active living, and reflecting the historic and unique characters of neighborhoods.

Even during droughts, it is important to continue watering trees and keep them healthy in order to protect our communities. Although many places to plant trees lack irrigation systems, could tree watering be accomplished with neighborhood teams or create jobs for local workers? Could a “tree watering team” be established to water hundreds of street trees in these communities? This is just one way we aim to increase access to trees in historically underserved neighborhoods.