Trees are an important part of the urban and natural environment. They reduce carbon emissions by absorbing CO2, they help keep the city cool, which reduces energy consumption for A/C, and they absorb stormwater and reduce flooding--not to mention, how beautiful they are! Because of these great benefits, Boston has a goal of increasing its tree canopy to 35% by 2030, but we need your help!
It can be challenging to grow trees in the city. While trees in the forest may live to be hundreds of years old or more, the average city tree lives only 32 years and inner city trees only seven years. Young trees often struggle the most because they need extra nurturing--regular watering, in particular. That is why Greenovate Boston has created Adopt-A-Tree, which allows individuals to identify young trees that need a little TLC! But we need to do more, and we need to all work together.
What are you ideas for the community and the City to work together to reach this goal? Do you think it is a good goal? Should tree planting be a part of the City's Climate Action Plan? Tell us what you think about trees in the city.
You can also join us at Boston Natural Areas Network's panel discussion on Tuesday, May 6 at 6pm to learn about the value of trees from local experts. See the links below for more information.