City Desk

DDOT To Plant 3,540 Trees

Sure, this sounds like a good thing:

Current funding provides for DDOT Trees to plant 3,540 street trees across all eight wards, with installation to occur from November to May. The planting schedule for specific neighborhoods is subject to change due to equipment, weather, emergencies and other extenuating circumstances.

But when the tree-planting backlash comes, remember that I'm the one who called it. As the New York Times pointed out last month, neighbors can be wary of new trees:

Residents worry that the saplings will eventually lead to buckling sidewalks, dangling limbs, excessive shade and leaf litter, among other things. Three of the top five categories of parks-related calls to 311, the city’s help line, involved complaints about trees.

Granted, the District isn't planting anywhere near one million trees.

Full release after the jump.

The Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) is DDOT Trees, the leader in annual tree planting throughout Washington, DC. Planting an average of nearly 4,500 trees annually, with a total of 35,875 planted on public space in all 8 wards since fiscal year 2005, UFA's planting accounts for nearly half of all trees planted in the District each year.

In addition, UFA works to improve growing conditions by reviewing permit applications, enforcing regulations, expanding tree boxes, creating planting strips, increasing soil volume, and installing locally-grown nursery stock to provide as much opportunity as possible for trees to thrive.

Young trees are watered by contractors and staff with critical support from residents, businesses, and organizations who adopt public trees through theCanopy Keepers program. Adoptees receive a free watering tub for every tree adopted. New trees are under limited warranty and will be replaced by the planting contractor if they do not survive their first year.

Current funding provides for DDOT Trees to plant 3,540 street trees across all eight wards, with installation to occur from November to May. The planting schedule for specific neighborhoods is subject to change due to equipment, weather, emergencies and other extenuating circumstances.

The online Tree Planting Map requires no additional software but the web browser optimized for viewing is Mozilla Firefox. Mobile devices (smart phones, iPads, etc.) can access it too but requires an app. To identify the appropriate mobile app suited for your device, go to http://esri.com/software/arcgis/smartphones/app.html.

Photo by rabsteen via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 License

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  • JM

    I welcome this initiative. Sadly as my "transitional" neighborhood has become wealthier, the tree cover has been replaced with four-car concrete parking pads for SUV's. The real problem is that DDOT will plant the trees, but then residents won't water them next summer.

  • Kevin

    Though I have to care for a tree that creates lots of leaves, I'm glad it is there and wish our block had more.

  • Dan

    @ JM I wouldn't blame that on the wealthier people, I'd blame that on motorists. Don't lop wealthy people into the same boat as people who cut down trees for SUV parking pads. But regarding the watering of the trees, in my neighborhood back in 2003 or so, (the year of the cicada invasion) DDOT or some agency in the DC govt planted a bunch of sapplings on our street and many fell victim to the unusually hot summer that followed because neighbors didn't water them. It might be a good idea to circulate something letting neighbors that new trees have been planted and that they need to be watered for the first summer or two. I don't know the best/most cost effective way to do that but maybe by email if they have emails on record?

  • noodlez

    I THOUGHT THE TYPES OF TREES BEING PLANTED IN DC ADDRESSED THE SIDEWALK BUCKLING ISSUE?

    FOLKS WHO ARE ALIVE TODAY COMPLAINING ABOUT FUTURE SIDEWALK BUCKLING PROBABLY WILL NOT BE ALIVE IF IT OCCURS BY CURRENT CROP OF SAPLINGS BEING PLANTED IN THE CITY.

    FUCK A SIDEWALK! I NEED OXYGEN TO BREATHE!

  • Typical DC BS

    Water the damn trees when they put them in! Spend $20 on a hose and water it right after you get home from work or first thing in the morning. Geez, how lazy can you be?

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