50,000 New Trees Make U.S. Cities Healthier and More Resilient

2013 National NeighborWoods® Month Results Are In

Washington, DC (December 9, 2013) – Over 26,000 volunteers got their hands dirty during National NeighborWoods® Month 2013, planting 50,000 trees at events in all 50 states.

Volunteers joined Savannah Tree Foundation to plant over 100 trees to help replace canopy lost to major road construction and to improve water quality.

Volunteers joined Savannah Tree Foundation to plant over 100 trees to help replace canopy lost to major road construction and to improve water quality.

“These new trees will improve public health, cut energy costs, mitigate stormwater runoff, and raise property values,” says Carrie Gallagher, executive director of Alliance for Community Trees, the national non-profit that coordinates the award-winning National NeighborWoods® Month program. “Results from this year’s action campaign underscore the significant economic and environmental value of diverse and well-planned tree cover in our cities and town.”

Organized by Alliance for Community Trees and sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, Boise Project UP, TD, and CSX, National NeighborWoods® Month is a coast-to-coast action campaign for trees in communities.

Each year, the 50,000 trees planted during National NeighborWoods® Month 2013 are estimated to:

  • capture 21.4 million gallons of storm water runoff,
  • dispose of over 610 tons of air pollutants, and
  • save cities nearly $500,000 in storm water management and air pollution costs.
The New Jersey Tree Foundation engaged TD employees and local volunteers to plant trees in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, which was hit hard by 2012 Superstorm Sandy.

The New Jersey Tree Foundation engaged TD employees and local volunteers to plant trees in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, which was hit hard by 2012 Superstorm Sandy.

More than 250 local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and other partners in hundreds of communities joined together to plant, care for, and educate about trees, holding over 900 events throughout the month. National NeighborWoods® Month continues to grow nationwide, with 11% more trees planted over 2012, a 17% increase in cities participating, and 26% more organizations involved.

“Trees motivate volunteers to take action,” says Gallagher. “Cities and citizens recognize trees are an important capital asset. That’s why more communities are focused on growing and caring for their city’s tree canopy as an important part of a sustainable future.” This year, Americans contributed over 78,000 volunteer hours during National NeighborWoods® Month, a value of $1.7 million.

With extreme weather events increasingly impacting cities and towns across the country, the trees planted during National NeighborWoods® Month will help establish more resilient communities. Capturing carbon, buffering waterways, and moderating temperatures, trees and green infrastructure help communities respond to climate change.

About Alliance for Community Trees

National NeighborWoods® Month is a program of Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees). ACTrees is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. With over 200 member and partner organizations in 44 states and Canada, ACTrees engages volunteers to take action to improve the environment where 93% of people live: in cities, towns, and metropolitan areas. Together ACTrees member organizations have planted and cared for over 15 million trees in neighborhoods nationwide, with help from more than 5 million volunteers.