Records continue to pile up for Casey Trees’ flagship Community Tree Planting (CTP) program. This spring, nearly 1,300 adult and youth volunteers planted 817 trees at 47 sites across Washington, D.C.
A record number of fruit trees — 253 total — were also planted, mainly at community gardens and school grounds. More than 400 students from grades K-12 added 150 trees to 21 school campuses.
Casey Trees’ record tree planting numbers this spring reflect a city-wide, multi-organizational effort over the last year and a half to increase the District’s tree canopy. The city received an A+ grade for Tree Planting in the Fourth Annual Tree Report Card, recognizing the 13,608 trees planted — well above the 8,600 needed to attain the city’s tree canopy goal of 40 percent by 2035 — by local and federal governments and private entities.
“Last year, the District excelled at putting trees in the ground across the city,” Executive Director Mark Buscaino said. “We hope to continue that trend this year and our spring Community Tree Planting season laid a good foundation for 2012.”
The National Cherry Blossom Festival sponsored 83 cherry trees this spring, commemorating the centennial of the original planting of cherry trees gifted from Japan. Casey Trees also partnered with Potbelly Sandwich Shops in a cherry shake promotion, proceeds from which went to fund tree plantings at D.C. schools.
Additional CTP sponsors this spring included The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (EBA) and the EBA Young Lawyers Committee (Mayfair Mansions), Macy’s (Mt. Vernon Triangle), The Tower Companies (Groundwork Anacostia), ANC1A (Harriet Tubman Elementary School), Alliance for Community Trees and the People’s Garden (Beet Street Gardens), and The Nebraska Society (Calvin Coolidge High School).
Casey Trees is accepting applications for the fall 2012 CTP season until June 15.
Established in 2005, the CTP program provides trees, tools, and technical assistance to individuals and groups interested in adding 10 or more trees to private property in the District free of charge. Groups commit to watering and caring for the trees for two years following their planting. More than 10,000 trees have been planted across the District through the CTP program since its inception.