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Washington DC trees, part two

August 10, 2010

John Kelly wrote a follow-up to last week’s column about the history of DC trees. Here, he focuses on future goals and the people and organizations that are helping to make that happen. According to the article, our trees declined after the Federal government cut the District’s tree appropriation budget starting in 1971, and our tree canopy started to go downhill. But things are starting to look up again. Right now, about 35% of the city is covered with trees (I’d love to know how this compares to other cities of similar sizes), and the goal is to increase it to 40% by 2035, which will require a whopping 8,600 new trees to be planted every year.

Luckily, we have the good people from the Urban Forestry Administration and Casey Trees (which I mentioned last week) to help. Both point out that everyday residents of DC have an important role to play in keeping our young trees alive, especially through scorchers like we’ve been having lately (they need a lot of water while they’re getting established!).

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