On Saturday, May 7, 2011, 450 neighbors, youth, and other community volunteers worked together to plant 1,000 trees in one morning, a record number of trees planted in one morning for the state of Minnesota and the RNeighborWoods program.
The city’s boulevard tree spaces are currently over half empty and each year 500-900 boulevard trees are removed to disease or damage.
We need your help to add more community trees to our neighborhoods. Join us for a community tree planting and help us break our previous record when we planted 1,000 city trees in one morning. With your help we’ll fill in 1,200 empty boulevard spaces with leafy green trees, focusing on 50th Avenue NW – Valleyhigh Drive NW.
Saturday, May, 5, 2012
Planting 1,200 trees along 50th Avenue NW – Valleyhigh Drive North to 65th Street NW
Meet at the water tower located at 3975 50th Ave NW (Street parking only)
There is no pre-registration needed and all ages are welcome. If you would like to register you can do so here. On the day of the planting, just look for the RNeighborWoods table and smiling people with safety orange vests. There will be free refreshments for voluntrees thanks to our spring 2012 sponsors.
We’ll introduce our Citizen Foresters, go over the logistics of the planting, divide into groups, and then plant trees within this neighborhood. Here is a link for the planting poster. Share with your friends!
See the photos from our 2011 spring planting on our Facebook page. We planted 1,000 trees in the Cimarron neighborhood.
For more about RNeighborWoods including partners, events, and photos, check our website.
Did you know that trees make a difference in many aspects of a neighborhood? The below information is from the Alliance for Community Trees and additional facts and figures can be found on their website.
- Lower crime.
The presence of trees in urban neighborhoods has been linked to reduced crime.
- Cleaner air
Trees provide the oxygen we breathe. One acre of trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe each day and eliminates as much carbon dioxide from the air as is produced from driving a car 26,000 miles.
- Energy savings.
Trees lower the temperature through shade. The cooling effects of trees can save millions of energy dollars.
- More public revenue.
Studies have shown that trees enhance community economic stability by attracting businesses and tourists.
- Higher property values.
Property values of homes with trees in the landscape are 5 – 20% higher than equivalent properties without trees.
- More efficient stormwater management.
One tree reduces 4000 gallons of storm water runoff annually. 400 trees will capture 140,000 gallons of rainwater annually. That is, 4 million trees would save $14 million in annual storm water runoff costs.