LA’s Next Million Trees: The Tip of the Urban Regreening Iceberg

Beltsville, Md. (October 13, 2006)- “The launch this weekend of a major new phase in the campaign to plant one million trees in Los Angeles is but one of scores of new local initiatives to significantly expand urban forests to address issues from stormwater reduction and more livable neighborhoods to global warming,” according to Alice Ewen Walker, executive director of the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). Other indicators of a deepening interest in urban tree-canopy renewal are the 150 tree-planting projects taking place throughout October, during National NeighborWoods Month, by ACT’s nearly 100 member organizations and their city partners (see Alliance for Community Trees).


Setting Urban Tree Canopy Goals
In addition to a growing body of research and remote sensing techniques to assess the extent and benefits of urban trees and forest, a major factor in this development is the work of grassroots tree-planting groups which have been catalysts for many of these campaigns. Among these initiatives are:
* Los Angeles, where a new Million Tree Campaign will have its Harbor Kickoff event this Saturday, Oct. 14, when 300 trees will be planted with TreePeople, Northeast Trees, KYCC, LACC, and other nonprofits.
* Boston and New York City, which are poised to announce major tree initiatives next month;
* Denver, which announced in July a 20-year goal to plant one million new trees to triple its canopy from 6 to 18 % as part of a sustainability initiative,
* Baltimore, which announced in April a goal to double its tree canopy from 20 to 40 percent,
* Indianapolis, which will plant 100,000 trees over the next 10 years, and
* Sacramento region, which will plant 150,000 trees and steward 5 million trees through its Greenprint program.
Related Resources- Urban Forestry Research Centers/Programs

Landscape and Human Health Laboratory
Human Dimensions for Urban Forestry and Urban Greening– University of Washington
Center for Urban Forest Research– USDA Forest Service Pacific SW Research Station
Effects of Urban Forests and their Management on Human Health and Environmental Quality– USDA Forest Service Northeastern Research Station
Livability and Urban Forests-USDA Forest Service Northeastern Research Station Remote Sensing Assessments
US Forest Service’s Aiken Forestry Sciences Lab– Burlington, VT
Related Resources- Recent Media Coverage
Visit the Alliance for Community Trees’ exhibit in Burlington at the SEJ Conference, Oct. 27-28.
Tree-Planting Seeks To Bring a New Urban Cool: Lower Energy Costs Touted as Benefit
by Blaine Harden
Washington Post, 9/4/06
Out on a Limb: tree professionals urge restoration and protection of urban canopy
by Sheila Grissett
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 9/17/06
Backstory: What is the Value of a Tree
by Ethan Gilsdorf
Christian Science Monitor, 4/26/06
Hickenlooper sees green city in future: Mayor outlines plan
Los Arboles (LA’s million tree campaign)
by Ingrid Lobet
Living on Earth, 7/14/06
Indianapolis Star articles and op-ed links
For more information, contact:
Contact: Alice Ewen Walker, ACT, 301-220-2251
The Alliance for Community Trees was incorporated in 1993. Its members are involved in grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that support better urban forest stewardship. Information on ACT and its members can be found at www.actrees.org.