The following post was written by Casey Trees, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, established in 2002, committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.
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, but we know how difficult it will be to attain these – without your help.
We’ve done our homework and we know that space is limited in Southwest, but we’re not satisfied – the average canopy percentage across Ward 6 is a paltry 17% (and the fact that Southwest comprises only a section of Ward 6 has the potential to make that number lower). That’s nowhere near the 40% we’ve been aiming for and the Mayor’s plan has set as a goal, but we also know the amount of plantable space here is large - an additional 17%. That means there’s a chance to double the amount of tree canopy in Southwest, and we have two ways you can help:
- Plant on your own. Our Tree Rebate program offers rebates up to $100, which has helped a large amount of DC residents add the right tree to the right yard.
- Identify plantable space in Southwest. We can pour over maps and dissect LIDAR data, but no one knows your neighborhood like you, and we appreciate that. The next time you’re going for a run 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. Reach out to us and bring any questions you may have – we simply want to make it easy to make a difference!
No one knows your neighborhood like you. Help us give it a greener future.
Thinking Green Thoughts –
Photo collage courtesy of Casey Trees