Each year, San Diego loses thousands of urban trees to damage and neglect. Thousands more are lost to new development. This is tragic considering the wealth of aesthetic, environmental, economic, and social benefits trees provide. Trees are major capital assets in cities across the United States. Just as streets, sidewalks, public buildings and recreational facilities are a part of a community's infrastructure, so are publicly owned trees. Trees —and, collectively, the urban forest— are important assets that require care and maintenance. Trees are on the job 24 hours a day working for all of us to improve our environment and quality of life. The Corps’ Urban Forestry Department, through grants and Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG), is planting trees in low-income urban areas, and corps members are receiving specialized training in tree planting, tree care, pruning and watering.
“Thank you again for the excellent experience that you provided for our students and teachers …. (Your team) did a fabulous job. Our students and teachers really enjoyed the lesson and the opportunity to help plant a new tree that they can return many years from now and say they had a hand in making our school a more beautiful place. You’re truly experts at your work and I have received a lot of positive feedback from kids and parents as they walk past our new trees.”
– James Jimenez, Principal, Lee Elementary School
"After a long but fruitful wait, three trees have been planted in our street! Big thanks for the great team that came to our house today, despite the extreme weather, and happily worked hard. They were friendly, professional, and took care of all the details. That was a great job, and people that put energy into their work to do it so well, deserve to be praised! Many Thanks from the whole Giaconi-Desplats family."
– Paula Desplats
"The Urban Corps planted our three new crape myrtles on Tuesday and we are so excited to see them grow! ...Thank you for all your help and attention to our requests to remove the old oaks and all the info that helped us make a decision and find the Urban Corps to plant the new ones -- what a service! My brother is a forestry professor at Virginia Tech so I am constantly aware of the importance of trees in the urban landscape, and just delighted that you made it so easy!"
– Melody Wing
While planting trees to improve urban and low-income neighborhoods, Corps members are also educated on the aesthetics, benefits and importance of trees to the environment. Join the growing number of citizens who are recognizing the need to plant, maintain, and protect trees in their communities, and find out if you are eligible for a free tree under the City of San Diego’s Urban Forestry Initiative.
For more information on our services please call 619-235-6884.
This project is funded in whole or in part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds provided by the U.S Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), and/or CALFIRE, and other groups committed to the vision of Urban Forestry.