To mark LA Harbor Day, volunteers gathered on April 9 to plant 220 trees in the streets surrounding the Mount Carmel Resort Center in District 8 of the council, represented by council member Marquis Harris-Dawson.
In addition, 150 fruit and shade trees were supplied by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Electricity (LADWP) to be adopted by Los Angeles residents. City Plants, the non-profit partnership between LADWP and outside groups, and LA Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) along with the City Office, the Council Office, the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Department of Public Works, helped organize the event.
“Few things are more important than the air we breathe and the environment we live in,” said Mayor Eric Gracie. “Trees are a key part of our strategy to achieve a greener, fairer and more egalitarian city. With over 200 new trees in this community, we are taking a step in the right direction.”
The tree planting event was made possible thanks to funding provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Climate Investment, LADWP, LASAN, the Department of Recreation and Parks, City Works and the Municipal Forest Division on LA streets. The project is part of LASAN’s Root For The Future grant project, which will absorb more than 5,000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to taking 1,077 cars off the road for a year.
Over a three-year period, the Root For The Future project will plant 2,000 trees in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles; Create 1,000 new tree wells; And partner with the Streets LA Municipal Forest Division to irrigate 1,000 trees until they are established.
“The act of planting the tree addresses many environmental and health issues,” said Harris-Dawson, “which disproportionately affect people living in this area of the city. Trees improve our quality of life, strengthen our environment and play a vital role in cooling our streets and homes, filtering the air. And the beauty of our neighborhoods. “
Since 2015, more than $ 7.75 million has been awarded to LASAN from CAL FIRE and CCI for planting more than 12,000 trees, in partnership with the LADWP Energy Efficient Tree. Once completed, these plans will help remove over 2.5 acres of concrete from the city of Los Angeles.
“Trees are a beautiful and practical means of energy efficiency,” said Water and Electricity Council President Cynthia McClain-Hill.
“LADWP is pleased to support our urban canopy growth, helping Angelos enjoy cleaner, more shady air, resulting in lower electricity bills through reduced cooling costs. As we continue to see more extreme temperatures due to climate change, especially high heat, trees can help We maintain convenience, our neighborhoods are greener and your LADWP accounts are more convenient. “
City Plants’ non-profit planting partners – the Los Angeles Conservancy, Korea-Town Youth and Community Center and Northeast Trees – have instructed Harbor Day volunteers to plant trees properly so that the planted trees will thrive for many years to come.
“As we continue to see temperatures rise, LASAN continues its efforts to increase the canopy of trees in communities with the greatest need across the city. Trees planted for the Root for Future grant project, which helps fund this and other tree planting in disadvantaged communities, will provide multiple environmental benefits to combat climate change.” , Said Barbara Romero, CEO of LASAN.
“The city continues to heat up and a canopy of trees is needed more than ever,” said senior director and sustainability officer Greg Spots. “Now that the street tree inventory has been completed by more than two-thirds, we are getting valuable information that helps identify through data where tree planting is most critical.”
“Trees provide tremendous benefits to our communities and improve the quality of life of our residents, and healthy and large trees should be available to all neighborhoods. Today we are planting trees that will shade and cool the residents in this area in the future.” Said Rachel Malrich, a Los Angeles City forestry officer.
“The Arbor Day LA event unites the city of Los Angeles by creating an opportunity to foster community participation and inspire them to be managers of our natural resources while contributing to a healthier and more sustainable city,” says Department of Recreation and Parks Department Michael Schul.
“Planting 220 trees is an investment that will not only improve the environment but also have a positive impact on the quality of life of our South Los Angeles community.”
“Harbor Day brings together climate and community action, and it’s wonderful to see non-profit stakeholders in the city and community coming together to help change the neighborhood,” said Rachel O’Leary, CEO of City Plants.
“We want Angelos to return to their neighborhoods when they are qualified to take on climate action while we celebrate trees today and every day.”