Advocate

Everyone benefits from a healthy tree canopy. Trees clean the air we breathe, manage stormwater, keep us cool, reduce our stress levels—and so much more. Use these resources to advocate for trees to ensure a healthy urban forest for generations to come.

How to become a Tree Advocate

Our Tree Advocates Program is designed to develop a network of trained volunteers — ready to stand up for trees in their neighborhood and across the city. Offering expertise and resources, we help volunteers connect with city leaders and other residents to push for change in their communities.

There are three steps to becoming a Tree Advocate:
1. Participate in Stand Up for Trees
2. Attend two Tree Advocates meetings
3. Participate in four advocacy actions

All Tree Advocates receive special recognition for completing the program. For more information on becoming a Tree Advocate or to attend a meeting, contact us at advocacy@caseytrees.org.

What are Advocacy Actions?

Advocacy actions are opportunities to engage policymakers and other key leaders in your community about issues affecting trees. Many advocacy actions also provide a chance to meet and collaborate with other concerned residents. Advocacy actions include:

  • Casey Trees’ Lobby Days: Casey Trees’ staff and volunteers meet with key decision-makers to promote D.C.’s urban forest.
  • Attending local ANC meetings, community hearings, and other District agency meetings to promote trees in development projects.
  • Attending public workshops hosted by councilmembers, District agency leaders, and neighborhood organizations to fight for a vibrant urban forest.
  • Submitting comments to address development projects or policies in the District.

Being a Tree Advocate is not required to participate in advocacy actions.


Resources

These resources will help you protect trees in your neighborhood and across the city.

Not in the Sidewalks!

Undergrounding power lines may improve power reliability for District residents, but hidden issues could impact neighborhood streetscapes and tree canopies.

Who Owns that Park?

Get familiar with who manages the parks across the city so you can advocate for trees throughout DC’s 7,600 acres of parks and open space.

For more information on becoming a Tree Advocate or to attend a meeting, contact us at advocacy@caseytrees.org.