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Planting Healthy Air in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM

The Mountain View neighborhood in Albuquerque’s South Valley is 8 degrees hotter than surrounding areas. Why? There are very few trees. Now, there’s an effort underway to cool the hot spot while improving the health and well-being of people who live there.

The Nature Conservancy's Urban Conservation Program—designed to bring nature into the city—will bring together Mountain View neighbors, Wells Fargo, General Mills, Inc. and other volunteers to plant more than 50 native and desert adapted trees in the neighborhood near the community center on Saturday, March 23. The newly planted trees will help clean Albuquerque's air and provide much needed shade.

Albuquerque’s tree canopy is less than 10-percent, and that number needs to go up. To help support a healthy tree canopy, Mountain View residents—through their neighborhood association—designed a master plan to improve landscaping. With resident input and partner support, increasing the number of trees will also reinvigorate residents’ social connection with trees. Science shows that nature makes people happier and healthier.

This project is made possible through support from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo, General Mills, Nusenda Foundation and private donors. It is an example of how our Urban Conservation Program is working in under-served neighborhoods to increase access to clean water and air as well as cool urban temperatures.

Wells Fargo is supporting The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico’s urban conservation initiatives with a $200,000 Resilient Communities grant – part of Wells Fargo’s effort to build partnerships with nonprofits that are helping communities become more resilient in the face of a changing climate, including environmental education, resiliency planning, green infrastructure and bringing renewable energy to low-income communities.

General Mills is excited and honored to be a part of this project. The company’s global responsibility efforts are all about “Treating the World with Care” and serving our community through volunteerism is part of its culture. General Mills values the opportunity to engage with our community and our partners and enjoy a great day outdoors!

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.