Volunteer: Tree Planting
We host regular tree plantings and need community support to make them happen. Join our mailing list to get notifications of upcoming tree planting volunteer opportunities.
Advocate for policies that will preserve trees during development. We lost about half of our trees in Durham due to policies and language in ordinances that allow for ‘street trees’ (city trees) to be planted on private property instead of next to the street. Because of this, the city doesn’t maintain them and trees are only planted on half the available land (not next to the streets, which desperately need shade to cool our neighborhoods, city, and provide shade). Thus, we are losing half the available trees in development due to extremely weak tree ordinances compared to our neighboring cities.
Request that street trees be planted in the strip of land between the curb and the sidewalk, and for the city to expand and preserve buffers on the side of roads.
Advocate for our elected officials to dedicate more resources to tree preservation and planting. We need more funding to plant trees all across Durham, especially in neighborhoods and areas that have been neglected in the past. Call or email the city manager (Thomas.Bonfield@durhamnc.Gov), city council (council@durhamnc.Gov), mayor (Steve.Schewel@durhamnc.Gov), and joint city-county planning commission to let them know what you love about trees, what they do for our community, and the importance of putting more resources behind our efforts to expand and replenish Durham’s tree canopy.
According to the U.S. Forest service, “every dollar spent on planting and caring for a community tree yields benefits that are two to five times that investment—benefits that include cleaner air, lower energy costs, improved water quality and storm water control and increased property values.”