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The District Department of Transportation's Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) is partnering with the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) to improve the tree boxes in Historic Anacostia's commercial district.
(WASHINGTON, DC) – The District Department of Transportation's Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) is partnering with the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) to improve the tree boxes in Historic Anacostia's commercial district. Staff from both organizations are weeding and mulching the tree boxes, not only to improve aesthetics in the retail corridor, but also to insulate tree roots as winter approaches.
This effort launches a broader partnership between UFA, ECC, and the U.S. Forest Service to create workforce opportunities for District of Columbia residents who face long-term underemployment. Members of the Corps gain paid employment and experience in tree care and maintenance along DDOT's streets and trails.
The Earth Conservation Corps began its work in the 1990s by restoring bald eagles to the Anacostia River watershed, an accomplishment led by some of the District of Columbia's most economically vulnerable young adults. Several of the Corps members were tragically killed by various incidents of street violence during that wildlife restoration effort, including 19-year old Diamond Teague for whom a waterfront park adjacent to Nationals Park is named. ECC's work to improve the Anacostia continues in their honor.
ECC’s partnership with DDOT in Anacostia is intended to supplement the beautification efforts of local businesses and residents. The DC Municipal Regulations require the abutting property owners to maintain the area out to the curb which includes nearby tree boxes.
DDOT is also planting 6,400 new street trees throughout the District that can be adopted though the Canopy Keepers program. Adopters receive a free watering device for each tree they agree to water once a week for two years.
Adopt street trees and see an interactive map of planned planting locations and species at ddot.dc.gov/trees.
Learn more about the Earth Conservation Corps at www.ecc1.org .