Mappy Monday – Get Ready for Planting Season!

Planting season starts NEXT WEEK and we are so excited. This is our 16th planting season and we will be planting over 100 trees this fall and we need the help of all of our amazing volunteers! As you can see from the map above we have plantings all over the city during the month of October:

If you are interested in helping out no need to bring a shovel or even know how to plant a tree! We will provide the tools, trees, and training, we just need you to provide the hard work to get these trees in the ground!
Sign up to volunteer at a planting below:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

There are many things that going into getting ready for a planting, but a crucial component is picking the right tree for the right place. Part of planting urban tree is making sure that the trees will thrive in their tree lawns, they won’t hit overhead wires, they aren’t planted too closely to others around them, and making sure that they will be able to thrive in the coming climate changes.

With average temperatures projected to increase, urban forest canopies are key to making cities more bearable places to live and keeping urban pollution and temperatures down. These changes in temperatures have already started showing. In 2015 the Arbor Day Foundation reassessed the hardiness zones (zones used to determine which plants will thrive), and they had shifted Northward since 1990.

Much of the U. S. has been warmer in recent years, and that affects which trees are right for planting. The Arbor Day Foundation has recently completed an extensive updating of U.S. Hardiness Zones based upon data from 5,000 National Climatic Data Center cooperative stations across the continental United States.

By selecting tree species that will be resilient to the changing climate we are making sure that the urban forest canopy of the future has a better chance of thriving. To learn more about how to select trees for a changing climate check out the resources below:

Urban Tree Selection in a Changing Climate Paper

Urban Tree Selection in a Changing Climate Resource Guide

Arbor Day Foundation Hardiness Map 2015


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