… that the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) has referred to a healthy urban forest as "a new global trend"? Although traditionally focused on rural agriculture, FAO, a United Nations agency, is increasingly looking at the urban dimension of its mandate.
From Singapore to Kumasi (Ghana) to London, cities are taking a new look at the value of trees in their midst, noting that a robust urban tree cover can create jobs, filter drinking water, remove pollution, reduce the cost of urban infrastructure, enhance feelings of well-being, lower energy costs, improve tourism prospects — and help mitigate climate change by absorbing CO2.
Politically, reducing the urban “heat island” effect by planting trees is now said to be a real winner. Melbourne, Australia is planning how it can reduce its average temperature by 4 degrees, largely by planting trees.
Water-wise Melbourne, Australia uses a portable drip system consisting of
a tank and dripper hose, here covered by mulch to preserve moisture.
Photo: TreeSD arborist Mel Conomikes
This forward-looking trend to integrate urban forestry into overall urban planning is fortunately in advance of a global population expected be 70 percent urban by 2050.
To learn more about this positive global trend, click here.
LATEST TSD NEWS
Parks Plus Project
Tree Planting Completed
Tree San Diego and its partners, the cities of San Diego and National City and collaborators One San Diego, Urban Corps of San Diego County, the Water Conservation Garden, and Hunter Industries, have recently completed the planting of all 75 trees for our Parks Plus project plus installation of supporting irrigation systems. The project held its Kick-off on November 5, 2016 at Southcrest Park, with subsequent plantings at Dorothy Petway Park and Mountain View Park in San Diego, and Kimball Park in National City. Funding for this project is provided by California ReLeaf and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program.
(l-r) National City’s Park Supervisor Victor Uribe, Park Superintendent Miguel Diaz
and Asst. Dir. Public Works Kuna Muthusamy stand by a newly planted Parks Plus Tree
In National City these trees help fulfill part of their plan to replace trees lost to construction, disease and storms. Parks Supervisor Miguel Diaz was pleased to note that from now on “trees will be selected with more thought about reducing CO2 in the air, more thought about the future.” Victor Uribe, Parks Superintendent, added that there are lots of palm trees in National City, and that the city’s tree choices need to be more diverse to provide better shade. TreeSD will seek opportunities to work again with such dedicated park employees from all these parks, who share our philosophy of thoughtful and informed tree choices.
Rancho Santa Fe
On Saturday, January 28th, members of the North County community of Rancho Santa Fe gathered for a tree-planting event sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Association. The purpose was not only to augment a public area with environmentally sound trees but also to engage community members in reforestation. An assortment of 35 trees consisting of sycamores, coast live oaks, African tulip trees and western redbuds, were planted. They were mapped for TreeTracker by TreeSD’s Tim Lacey and Jim Junio. Rachele Melious, one of TreeSD’s arborists, supervised our information table to engage residents about our organization and its goals, as well as spread the word about Tree Stewardship, which is a necessary element to reforestation.
Tree Advocacy Class
On Saturday, March 25th, 2017 from 9:30 to 12 noon, TreeSD will co-sponsor a free Tree Advocacy Class at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center, located at 4845 Voltaire Street.
The most powerful voice in your neighborhood is your own. Citizens play a vital role in supporting our urban forests by calling for adequate funding, planting and taking care of trees, and calling out, “I want trees in my neighborhood!”
Presented by the San Diego Regional Urban Forest Council, this one-morning class will answer these questions: Where are the trees and who owns them? What laws apply to trees, and who takes care of them? Most importantly, what can I, as a citizen, do for trees in San Diego?
The Brisbane Box tree (Lophostemon confertus), this one located on a residential street in Melbourne, is one of the tree species we are planting for the TreeAdvantage project.
Photo: Mel Conomikes
Join TREE SAN DIEGO's Membership Program!
You can do something positive about our tree canopy, mitigating climate change as well as helping make our air healthier and our region more beautiful, by joining TREE SAN DIEGO today. Help us make that difference.
Our members are receiving an exclusive invitation to a fun, inspirational event on Thursday, March 23rd in Balboa Park. If you join, you too can come observe youth being trained in how to properly water new trees and mature trees—and pick-up the same skills!
Click on the Member Badge to join our team!
Volunteer Opportunities at TreeSD
If you would like to volunteer with this dynamic and growing pro-environment nonprofit, please contact Kalli Legakes at email@example.com and introduce yourself. We will work with you to select a task that suits your skills and interests. For specific information about current volunteering possibilities, click here.
Funding for San Diego Tree Advantage Program
has been provided by the California Greenhouse
Gas Reduction Fund through the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
(CAL FIRE) Urban and Community Forestry Program.