Urban Forestry

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Together, Planting A Forest.

16 states. 24 cities. 27 projects. The Fund for Urban Forestry works to ensure environmental justice by providing funding to a diverse mix of city-centered projects for communities in need. Learn more

Planting trees for Urban Forestry will contribute to:

  • Reducing the effect of dangerous urban heat islands
  • Providing green spaces for communities most in need
  • Enhancing air quality to improve human health
  • America's cities need trees. Trees in cities provide countless benefits for local communities - from reducing urban heat, to increasing access to urban green spaces, to protecting clean air & water, and much more. Unfortunately, trees are not distributed equally: communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately affected by climate change, and need urban trees now more than ever. This fund will provide for 27 planting projects across 24 of America's cities, supporting the health and livelihood of millions.

    From Phoenix, Arizona to Detroit, Michigan - from urban wilderness in Portland to the streets of New Orleans still facing the impacts of Hurricane Katrina - this first selection of coast-to-coast urban forestry projects will result in the planting of nearly 11,000 new urban trees.
  • Donations to this project will support a fund that benefits all 27 projects. Urban reforestation projects require larger, hardier trees (as opposed to the seedlings planted in most of our large-scale projects) to contend with city environments and ensure their survival, meaning they fall outside of our 1-to-1 funding model. Each tree planted across these projects typically falls between $25 to $900. By utilizing a fund model, we can ensure that each project meets its goal to deliver much-needed impact across America's cities.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates on our Urban Forestry projects, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • Each of the 27 projects will be planted with a biodiverse mix of locally grown trees appropriate for urban environments. Trees planted will include deciduous trees like Oak, Maple, Honeylocust, American Linden, Redbud, as well as evergreens and a variety of fruit trees.
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16 states. 24 cities. 27 projects. The Fund for Urban Forestry works to ensure environmental justice by providing funding to a diverse mix of city-centered projects for communities in need. Learn more

Planting trees for Urban Forestry will contribute to:

  • Reducing the effect of dangerous urban heat islands
  • Providing green spaces for communities most in need
  • Enhancing air quality to improve human health
  • America's cities need trees. Trees in cities provide countless benefits for local communities - from reducing urban heat, to increasing access to urban green spaces, to protecting clean air & water, and much more. Unfortunately, trees are not distributed equally: communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately affected by climate change, and need urban trees now more than ever. This fund will provide for 27 planting projects across 24 of America's cities, supporting the health and livelihood of millions.

    From Phoenix, Arizona to Detroit, Michigan - from urban wilderness in Portland to the streets of New Orleans still facing the impacts of Hurricane Katrina - this first selection of coast-to-coast urban forestry projects will result in the planting of nearly 11,000 new urban trees.
  • Donations to this project will support a fund that benefits all 27 projects. Urban reforestation projects require larger, hardier trees (as opposed to the seedlings planted in most of our large-scale projects) to contend with city environments and ensure their survival, meaning they fall outside of our 1-to-1 funding model. Each tree planted across these projects typically falls between $25 to $900. By utilizing a fund model, we can ensure that each project meets its goal to deliver much-needed impact across America's cities.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates on our Urban Forestry projects, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • Each of the 27 projects will be planted with a biodiverse mix of locally grown trees appropriate for urban environments. Trees planted will include deciduous trees like Oak, Maple, Honeylocust, American Linden, Redbud, as well as evergreens and a variety of fruit trees.
 

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Why Plant Urban Trees?

Reducing the Effect of Dangerous Urban Heat Islands

Reducing the Effect of Dangerous Urban Heat Islands

Cities are hotter than surrounding rural areas. In the face of global climate change, urban communities are experiencing even more intense heatwaves which disproportionately impacts low-income residents. By shading paved surfaces, city trees cool our neighborhoods while also reducing energy consumption.

Providing Green Spaces for Communities Most in Need

Providing Green Spaces for Communities Most in Need

Trees are not evenly distributed to all communities. Increasing tree canopy in under-resourced neighborhoods ensures everyone has equitable access to the critical ecosystem services and recreational opportunities that trees provide.

Enhancing Air Quality to Improve Human Health

Enhancing Air Quality to Improve Human Health

Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and filter pollutants, and play a critical role in improving air quality, and consequently,
human health.

Where are the 27 projects?

We're using data like tree equity score, canopy coverage, and air quality index to make impact in the urban places most in need. Our projects are as varied as our cities: from cooling commuter routes and neighborhoods in San Diego, to helping restore New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward following hurricane damage. At schools, playgrounds, parks, and trails, we’re making a positive impact through tree planting.

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Highlighted Urban Forestry Projects

HIGHBRIDGE PARK New York, New York

HIGHBRIDGE PARK

New York, New York

New York City is the most populated city in the United States - with over 8 million people relying on limited greenspaces for healthy recreational opportunities. Located in upper Manhattan, Highbridge Park is in a working-class neighborhood home to nearly 350,000 people and composed primarily of Hispanic (60.6%) and African-American (15.8%) households, with a poverty rate of 25.3% (compared to 15.6% citywide).

Lower Ninth Ward

Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans

The Lower Ninth Ward is a historic, working-class, predominantly African-American neighborhood on the banks of the Mississippi River that was completely submerged and decimated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Its slow post-Katrina recovery has starkly reflected the area’s inequities and the continued lack of resources for recovery efforts - including restoring the City’s tree canopy lost during the storm.

Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans
The Emerald Necklace Los Angeles California

THE EMERALD NECKLACE

Los Angeles, California

The Emerald Necklace is an interconnected loop of parks and greenways connecting 10 cities and nearly 500,000 residents along the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel rivers watershed areas of East Los Angeles County.

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