Miami (July 18, 2007)- During today’s Tree Summit at Jungle Island, city leaders discovered that Miami doesn’t have many trees- all those buildings have gotten in the way. “I was shocked to find our tree canopy is very, very low,” said City Commissioner Joe Sanchez, who wore a green-hued suit and a grass-colored tie. During the half-day-long seminar, city leaders extolled the virtues of a new “canopy analysis” that will map all of the city’s trees via GIS.
City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, along with Commission Vice Chairman Joe Sanchez, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss, the Miami Green Commission accepted the $100,000 check from Kelly Caffarelli, Executive Director of the Home Depot Foundation.
The monies will be applied towards the purchasing and planting of trees and the increase and conservation of Miami’s tree canopy. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of local communities by supporting the development of affordable, healthy homes for working families and by the strategic planting and preservation of trees in parks, in schoolyards and along city streets.
Speakers from different organizations like the Arbor Day Foundation and the Florida State Department of Agriculture discussed information, among other topics, on how a municipality can be designated a Tree City USA. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ed Gilman from the University of Florida.
“I think green is here to stay,” Diaz said. “Green is not a fad.”
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