Needless to say, the last few weeks have been surreal and even our world of urban forestry has felt the impacts of the recommendations and restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve cancelled volunteer events through May, cancelled our big, bright Arbor Day Bash, our staff is working remotely.
There’s a lot that is uncertain. But! Thankfully, there is a lot that is certain. Folks are stepping up in big ways: helping neighbors, vulnerable populations, communities, and doing all they can to help out and prevent the further spread of coronavirus.
Helpers always step up, regardless. The famous Mr. Roger rings true these days, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” We have, and always will, both be a helper and rely on helpers.
We’ll continue to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of our nation’s capital thanks to our large and dedicated team of partners, members, and staff. While you can’t physically volunteer with us, we’ll still count on our critical cadre of volunteers.
- Advocate for trees: this do-it-mostly-from-the-comfort-of-your-home activity existed before coronavirus swept in, and it’s still relevant and necessary! We need your help to ensure the city develops in a way that benefits both residents and the environment. Through effective communication with developers, legislatures, and other decision makers your voice will help us re-tree D.C. for future generations.
- Keep an eye on city trees: Many trees from the American Linden to the magnolia produce gorgeous flowers and blossoms! Now to figure out where to find these majestic blooms. We’ve made it easy and updated our Blossoming Tree Map! Share pictures on your feed and help brighten others days!
- Water young trees: need (another) daily reason to get outside this spring? Adequately watering trees 25 gallons of water a week throughout the warmer summer months is one of the best ways you can ensure a young trees proper establishment and survival. Take our Watering Pledge to receive watering freebies and stay tuned for our Weekly Watering Alerts, which run from May-September.
Remember to continue to be a helper and take COVID-19 warnings and cancellations seriously: be safe, be smart, and be conscientious by avoiding crowded places, staying six feet away from folks, refraining from touching your face, coughing into your elbow, and please continue to thoroughly wash your hands. Know that we will continue to restore, enhance, and protect our tree canopy as we have for the last nearly two decades.