On Martin Luther King Day, January 16, 2017, The Nature Conservancy and Citizens For A Better South Florida joined with local volunteers to plant trees in Miami’s West Perrine neighborhood as part of the efforts towards urban greening and community forestry stewardship.
Trees are critical to reducing heat by providing shade and to lowering air pollution levels. With 70 percent of the world’s population predicted to live in cities by 2050, heat and air pollution constitute a major public health concern. Miami has fewer trees and less greenspaces than many major U.S. cities. By working with urban communities to increase and manage tree canopy cover, the Conservancy is helping local residents benefit from the cooling and filtering effects provided by trees as well as the connection to nature that they provide.
A total of 20 trees of two different species were planted—green buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus) and Bahama tabebuia (Tabebuia bahamensis)—making an immediate difference to the community. See our photos from the tree planting for the full story.
Two species of trees are lined up to be planted West Perrine for Martin Luther King Day.
Volunteers of all ages participated in the planting.
Volunteers broke up stones and soil with a pick-axe, positioned the trees, filled in the soil and secured the trees with stakes.
Volunteers put finishing touches on the trees and placed mulch around them.
Water and moist soil are part of the tree planting process.
Watering one of the new trees.
Neighborhood stewardship and a job well done!
Newly tree lined street...
“Trees help to improve overall quality of life in our cities, bring nature to neighborhoods, and encourage outdoor activities by providing shade and cooling,” said Greg Guannel, Urban Conservation Director. “The tree planting brought the community together for hands-on work with an immediate positive result”