Tree Planting
Volunteer tree planting Richard Gordon and Marya Johnston-McIntosh from The Nature Conservancy water a tree after planting it. © Caroline Young


More than 50 Trees Planted at Camden Central Pond

Diverse, resilient trees to provide shade and multiple environmental benefits.

Minneapolis, MN

Volunteers helped plant 14 different species of trees including American elm, shagbark hickory chokeberry and Ohio buckeye around Camden Central Pond in north Minneapolis over the weekend.

In the face of climate change, selecting a highly diverse mix of trees recommended by local foresters is expected to help ensure more trees will survive warmer weather, pests and disease.

That makes it more likely that the new trees will help prevent flooding and erosion in the area, remove harmful pollutants from the air, store carbon, attract additional birds and wildlife to the area and provide shade to anyone enjoying the walkway around the pond for decades to come.

Over the next 25 years, the trees will intercept an estimated 416,735 gallons of rainfall— more than enough to cover a football field with a foot of water—and avoid 121,078 gallons of runoff.

Trees also act as natural air filters. Camden Central Pond’s new trees will store 72,470 pounds of carbon dioxide. That’s equivalent to the amount generated by 7 passenger vehicles every year over the next two and a half decades.

And they’ll also help reduce nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and fine particulate matter, which are all pollutants that are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect human health.

Partners in the tree-planting project at Camden Central Pond included The Nature Conservancy, Tree Trust, City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board. Funding was provided by United Properties.

Additional support was provided by the Weber Camden Neighborhood Organization, Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission and the Mississippi Watershed Organization.

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