Trees can play an important role in reducing stormwater runoff, particularly when the canopy extends over impervious surfaces (e.g. roads, parking lots, driveways). There are also many significant “co-benefits” of urban/suburban trees that make the Community Tree Planting Initiative a common-sense investment in our community. The many benefits of large urban trees include:
Our Objective is to plant 1,500 trees in the Demonstration Watershed by the end of 2025. During our first planting event in Fall of 2021, we planted approximately 189 trees. We have been awarded funding by the Duke Energy Foundation to do a second tree planting project in Fall of 2022!
2022 Project Spotlight
Our Fall 2022 planting efforts will be focused on residential properties within the Demonstration Watershed area. Residents of the Demonstration Watershed qualify to register for free trees! These 7-gal container size trees come with deer protection, and are only available while supplies last. There are 150 trees and 10 species to choose from.
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For more information on available trees and to register, go HERE.
2022 Tree Canopy Restoration program dates to remember:
Fri, July 1 - Tree Registration Opens
Sat, July 23 - Cooper Creek Tree Canopy Restoration – 10 Amazing Trees(10-11am): From fall color to tree shape, to wildlife value and more, we will learn about each of the 10 tree species available in our Tree Canopy Restoration Project from special guest Wendi VanBuren, ODNR Urban Forester. Not sure which one you want? Bring your questions to ‘stump’ the arborist and discover why these trees are great choices for your yard! Register here:
Sat. August 27 - Volunteer Prep Day(9-10:30am): Help us prepare for the tree pickup day! We need volunteers to help package deer protection for a quick and efficient pickup. Snacks & cold drinks provided. Register here:
Mon. Sept. 1 - TreeRegistration Closes (or when we run out of trees, whichever comes first)
Thurs., Sept. 8 - How to Plant & Care for Your Tree(5:30-6:30pm): We will discuss proper planting and do a demonstration on site. We’ll also discuss the special care your new young tree needs to get established, including young tree pruning. Register here:
Sat. Sept. 10 - Tree pick-up day (10am-2pm) *trees must be picked up this day