D.C. pushes tree program

January 06, 1991

The District of Columbia is taking strides to replenish its dwindling supply of trees.

The push was initiated last month by residents and civic groups PTC who are concerned about the deterioration of streetscapes and the loss of shade trees.

An appeal from citizens on upper Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest Washington has spurred the city to severely limit the number of trees developers can cut without permission from the zoning commission.

A group of 20 non-profit organizations has formed the Urban Forest Council of Washington to coordinate tree plantings citywide. The group will also serve as a conduit for federal money from the Plant a Billion Trees program.

Recently Trees for the City, an affiliate of the private L'Enfant Trust, has come forth with a pledge to help raise money to plant trees at vacant sites. The organization will also train residents how to care for the trees.

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