Neighborhood-based Urban Forestry Programs from Louisville Grows.
Louisville Grows works with community partners and neighborhood groups to plant trees with residents and businesses in our community. The goal of training Citizen Foresters is to empower people who care about their neighborhood, with the tools and knowledge to make a meaningful impact by planting and ensuring the long-term viability of trees. Citizen Foresters, our trained volunteers who lead urban reforestation efforts, are an integral part of ensuring we can effectively increase the tree canopy! Since 2013, Louisville Grows has partnered with the Portland, Germantown, Shawnee, Schnitzelburg, Russell, Phoenix Hill, Shelby Park, Beechmont, Park Duvalle, and California neighborhoods for tree plantings.
Louisville Grows provides urban forestry training to build community capacity in urban forest management and stewardship and organizes tree-planting events to assist with the reforestation of Louisville’s neighborhoods. Louisville Grows works to educate the public on the benefits of an urban forest, organizes with neighborhood coordinators to develop annual tree planting and maintenance events, and provides trees to areas in our community with low tree canopy levels. Through community engagement, citizens are trained in proper tree selection, planting and on-going maintenance. We understand that for an urban forestry program to be effective we must engage and recruit students, residents, business owners, and all members of our community to take ownership of our urban forest.
5 Steps of Tree Plantings
1. Identify the neighborhood based off initial community interest and data from the Urban Tree Canopy Assessment
2. Partner with community organizations and key stakeholders
3. Canvas neighborhood to identify “treecipients”
4. Citizen Forester Training for community representatives
5. Planting day with volunteers
The Urban Forestry Program was created in response to the declining number of urban trees within our urban core, and the increased interests of residents to organized themselves to address this concern. Urban tree mortality from invasive pests, storm damage, lack of citizen forestry skills and the absence of a developed city plan has contributed to higher pollution levels, poor storm water management, and barren urban landscapes. LG organizes tree planting events in neighborhoods near the urban core, where large trees can have the biggest impact as they cool streets by providing shade, purify our air, beautify our streets, and absorb and purify storm water. We also know that trees planted on residential properties can reduce utility bills and raise the value of property, particularly important with low-income neighborhoods that have less canopy development. We believe that informing and working in solidarity with neighborhoods and community members so that we can have a deeper impact on sustaining planted trees.