Urban Tree Planting
Why Urban Trees?
Urban trees are now understood to be a central part of green infrastructure systems and provide a range of benefits. Trees improve our urban spaces by beautifying neighborhoods, reducing the urban heat island effect, cleaning the air, reducing polluted runoff, and provide shade that lengthens the life of materials. In the summer, shadier streets also means lower neighborhood temperatures, which can reduce the air pollution that increase asthma rates.
Volunteers help plant a newly built Rain Garden with numerous trees and shrubs at 6th and Sprague Avenues in Tacoma.
Urban Tree Sale
Pierce Conservation District’s Urban Tree Sale helps residents across Pierce County plant trees around their homes and along their streets through significantly discounted trees, planting resources, education, and ongoing support. Planting trees will help clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods healthier.
To maximize ecological impact and equity, the communities served through the Urban Tree Sale are strategically located in underserved areas with disproportionally low canopy cover. By supplying affordable trees along with the resources for long-term success in caring for the tree, Pierce Conservation Districts aims to increase canopy cover in Pierce County while supporting the communities that gain most from the many benefits of urban trees.2017 target areas include:
Clarks Creek watershed, Pierce County and Puyallup
The City of Tacoma has a Tree Coupon program to help pay for a new tree.
The National Tree Benefit Calculator puts a value to your urban tree. A cool way to understand the benefit of your current trees and tool to help you select your next tree.