Casey Trees Launches Large Parcel Tree Planting Pilot Program

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Plantings to support local watershed restoration efforts, promote stormwater management best practices.

The Casey Trees planting crew added 85 trees to a half-mile stretch of Ft. Lincoln Drive NE in Ward 5 on April 25 and 26.

We are thankful to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, FedEx and Altria for providing us the opportunity to pilot test a new planting program that will help us add trees to large swaths of land currently void of vegetation.

On April 25 and 26, Casey Trees planted 85 trees along a barren stretch of Ft. Lincoln Drive NE in Ward 5 as part of its Large Parcel Tree Planting Pilot Program. An additional 15 trees will be added in mid-May.

The Large Parcel Tree Planting Program will add a minimum of 500 trees over two years on large parcels in need of tree cover across Washington, D.C. Added trees will count towards the District’s tree canopy goal of 40 percent by 2035, which requires an average of 8,600 trees be planted each year to be met.

Additionally, the Large Parcel Tree Planting Program will allow Casey Trees and the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), a key strategic partner in this effort, to experiment with nontraditional planting stock such as root bag, hand-ball and bare root trees and seedlings. Maintenance regimes will also be experimented with.

Tree maintenance, including watering and mulching duties, will be performed by Casey Trees’ Summer Crew, which is made up of D.C.-area high school students and under supervision of Casey Trees staff.

The innovative program is made possible with funding through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund via the Small Watershed Grants Program which is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. FedEx has provided $20,000 in support of the program as part of its FedEx EarthSmart Outreach initiative which helps to address the most pressing environmental challenges. Additional underwriting is provided by Altria and Casey Trees.

“At FedEx, we are committed to connecting the world in responsible and resourceful ways both in how we do business and how we serve our communities,” said Rose Jackson Flenorl, Manager of Global Citizenship at FedEx. “Our continued collaboration with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in this restoration effort is yet another great example of this commitment.”

Future planting sites are currently being sought. Ideal locations have large areas of grass and are singular or contiguous properties and can accommodate a minimum of 100 trees such as cemeteries and institutional landscapes (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.). Preference will be given to locations within Oxon Run and Rock Creek Watersheds. Sites do not need water access.

“We are thankful to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, FedEx and Altria for providing us the opportunity to pilot test a new planting program that will help us add trees to large swaths of land currently void of vegetation,” said Jim Woodworth, Director of Tree Planting.

Site recommendations can be emailed to Woodworth at jwoodworth(at)caseytrees(dot)org.

About Casey Trees:
Casey Trees is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit established in 2002 committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. To learn more about Casey Trees, visit http://www.caseytrees.org.

About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation:
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores our nation’s wildlife and habitats. Created by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private contributions. The Foundation works with a full complement of individuals, foundations, government agencies, non-profits, and corporations to identify and fund the most intractable conservation challenges. In 27 years, NFWF has funded more than 4,000 organizations and leveraged $576 million in federal funds into $2.1 billion for conservation. Learn more at http://www.nfwf.org.

About FedEx:
FedEx Corp. provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $42 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

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