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 (Register for the next meeting on March 18)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Canopy Goals as Powerful Urban Planning Tools
City leaders and planners across the country recognize the essential role trees play in their urban communities. In a new blog post for the American Planning Association, Emily Oaksford explains how cities as diverse as Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, DC are using canopy goals to help jumpstart the re-greening of our nation’s cities.
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.
The Tree Bill protects additional protections for trees greater than 55 inches in circumference. Improving the law would protect more canopy trees.
For more information on becoming a Tree Advocate or to attend a meeting, contact us at email@example.com.