D.C.’s trees need your support!
In July, Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) introduced the Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act of 2015. If passed by the D.C. Council this fall, it would expand protections for trees city-wide. Show your support by signing this letter to your Councilmember and the Mayor.
If enacted, the Act would update the Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002 and expand the role of the Urban Forestry Administration (currently limited to planting street trees), allowing it to plant trees on D.C. schools and parks.
But the Act could be even stronger. Casey Trees is proposing these changes to the legislation:
- Lowering the minimum size of Special Trees, now at 55 inches, to 40 inches.
- Close the tree maintenance loophole to prevent Tree Fund money being spent on tree removal
- Specifying that Tree Fund money may be used to plant trees on both public and private lands