The District's first-ever Tree Summit hosted by the District's Department of Energy and Environment and the District Department of Transportation on Friday, December 18, brought together stakeholders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to share best practices for planting trees on private, federal and District-owned properties; improve coordination and collaboration; and to identify partners that will join in planting 3,000 new trees on private property in 2016.
The District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by Robert A. Vogel, Director of the National Park Service (NPS), National Capital Region, and other local and regional leaders at American University.
At the summit, Mayor Bowser announced the launch of Canopy 3,000, a short-term public-private partnership aimed at expanding the number of trees planted on private property and public spaces throughout the District. The 11 members of Canopy 3,000 will work together to develop a plan for planting an additional 3,000 trees in the District in 2016. Mayor Bowser announced the District would contribute $400,000 in seed funding, enough to plant over 1,300 trees.
Mayor Bowser also announced the establishment of the Urban Forestry Advisory Committee to expand coordination and assist the District in meeting its Sustainable DC goal to achieve a 40 percent healthy tree canopy by 2032.
Materials from the 2015 Tree Summit
Urban Tree Canopy in the Nation’s Capital – “The City of Trees”
- Impact of Urbanization on US Surface Climate, Ping Zhang, Ph.D., NASA and University of Maryland
- Historic Changes in DC Tree Cover and Implications for the Future, Andrew Johnston, Ph.D., Smithsonian Institution