April 26, 2013
DDOT's Urban Forestry Administration Celebrates Arbor Day at Eliot-Hine Middle School
7,000 New Street Trees Planted and a Top 10 Urban Forest
Today the District Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) celebrated Arbor Day with students and staff at Eliot-Hine Middle School.
“Arbor Day marks the planting of DDOT’s 7,000th tree this year and removal of almost four acres of impervious surface,” said John Thomas, DDOT’s Chief Forester.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today the District Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) celebrated Arbor Day with students and staff at Eliot-Hine Middle School. This event marked the 22st consecutive year that the Arbor Day Foundation has named the District of Columbia a Tree City USA community. The District was also spotlighted this year as one of the 10 best cities for urban forests in the United States.
“Arbor Day marks the planting of DDOT’s 7,000th tree this year and removal of almost four acres of impervious surface, both of which are driving the urban tree canopy gain associated with public spaces.” said John Thomas, DDOT’s Chief Forester. “Arbor Day provides an opportunity for District and federal agencies, residents, businesses, and nonprofits to step back from our work and appreciate the social, economic and environmental values that one of the premier urban forests in the country provides.”
As part of the Arbor Day celebration at Eliot-Hine Middle School students and representatives from UFA planted 15 new trees, donated by Pepco. The celebration also included tree climbing activities and truck demonstrations, and a captive raptor exhibition by the Earth Conservation Corps.
To adopt young street trees and receive a sign with your name or business as well as a free watering bag to fill once a week, please call 311 or visit ddot.dc.gov/canopykeepers.
UFA’s mission is to establish a full population of street trees within the District and to ensure that those trees are maintained in a healthy and safe condition. UFA staff includes 20 certified arborists who are responsible for issuing permits, enforcing regulations and caring for approximately 132,000 trees throughout the city.