Plant Trees For Communities: A Tree For Every Region in 2021

Plant Trees For Communities: A Tree For Every Region in 2021

  • Editor’s Note: This press release from the Chicago Region Trees Initiative was contributed by Karen Ann Miller, AICP, executive planner for the Kane County Development and Community Services Department. This is Part 2 of a two-part series.

The Chicago Region Trees Initiative invites you to support the Plant Trees for Communities initiative — plant at least one tree in every local community in the seven-county Chicago Region in 2021.

“Chicago’s regional forest is a critical asset that needs our protection,” said Lydia Scott of the Morton Arboretum. “Trees clean our air and water, reduce flooding, improve our property values, create habitat for wildlife, and provide significant social and health benefits. In short, trees improve our quality of life.”

The Chicago Region Trees Initiative is a partnership for coordinated action on key issues facing trees. CRTI organizers recognize the current challenges and want to help communities look to a brighter future with the planting of a tree — a tangible symbol of hope.

The Plant Trees for Communities initiative is the first step toward a common goal to rebuild the Chicago region’s urban forest to improve our quality of life.

What You Can Do

Commit to plant at least one tree in 2021. If you can purchase your own tree – fantastic! If not, we will try to find a funder for your tree.

  • If the Chicago Region Trees Initiative purchases the tree for you, you will need to pick up the tree from a centralized location.
  • If you are inspired to help fund a tree for an under-resourced community, click here to contribute at these suggested levels.
  • If you have the expertise to help a community plant their tree, contact LScott@mortonarb.org.

Plant the tree. You can plant with staff, residents, or a community group. Click here for program instructions.

Care for the tree. The Chicago Region Trees Initiative will require a commitment to water the tree in the growing season for the first three years, either by staff, a resident, or a community group. The CRTI will provide a 5-gallon bucket, printed with watering instructions in English and Spanish.

Promote tree planting in your community. The CRTI will provide a tag to hang on your tree that explains the Plant Trees for Communities initiative and represents a new start in 2021 — a representation of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable future. The CRTI can also provide a press release and a resolution, if requested, to memorialize this event.

Sponsor trees for this campaign at these levels by donating here.

“This event will help launch a regional campaign to increase tree planting, especially in communities suffering from environmental equity issues, so that we can all experience cleaner air and water, reduced flooding and heat, improved mental and physical health and beautified communities,” Scott said. “We look to 2021 and this new tree as a tangible symbol of hope for a stronger, healthier, and more equitable future.”

Questions?  Contact Lydia Scott at lscott@mortonarb.org

SOURCE: Chicago Region Trees Initiative news release