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2020 D.C. Council Performance Hearings Asks Snapshots and suggested asks for your testimony for various District agency performance hearings (that you will submit virtually or read in person). View Our Suggested Asks → Arbor Watch Opportunities Tracker Casey Trees’ map of opportunities to advocate for trees in D.C. Go To Tracker → Public Comments List …

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Advocacy Works: Climate Ready DC

Back in 2016 the District Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) drafted the Climate Ready D.C. Plan. The goal of that plan was to identify strategies to protect communities from the effects of climate change. During the public engagement period Casey Trees staff and volunteers worked with the city to identify how trees could …

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Connecticut Ave Streetscape and Deck-Over Project Public Comments

May 16, 2018 Ali Agahi Project Manager District Department of Transportation 55 M Street SE, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20003 RE: Connecticut Avenue Streetscape and Deck-Over Project Dear Ali Agahi: Casey Trees is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit with a mission “to restore, enhance, and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.” To fulfill this …

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NCPC Parks and Open Space Element Public Comments

May 7, 2018 Surina Singh National Capital Planning Commission 401 9th Street NW Washington, D.C. 20004 Re: Comments on the Draft Parks & Open Space Element of the Federal Comprehensive Plan Dear Surina Singh, Casey Trees is a Washington DC-based nonprofit with a mission “to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s …

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South Mall Campus Master Plan Public Comments

January 12, 2018 Matthew Flis National Capital Planning Commission 401 9th Street NW Washington, D.C. 20004 Re: South Mall Campus Master Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Dear Matthew Flis, Casey Trees is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, with a mission “to restore, enhance, and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.” To fulfill this …

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Testify

It’s no surprise that our advocacy centers around protecting trees.. Our large trees have taken decades to mature and it’s our collective responsibility to make sure they continue to thrive – shading generations from the hot summer sun and filtering the air in our busy city streets. Protecting these trees is only a part of …

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Suraj Sazawal DOEE BOH Testimony

April 28, 2017 Testimony of Suraj K. Sazawal, Policy Advocate of Casey Trees DOEE Budget Oversight Hearing Before the Committee on Transpiration and the Environment Good afternoon Chairwoman Cheh and members of the committee. I am Suraj K. Sazawal, Policy Advocate for Casey Trees. Thank you for the opportunity to testify. The mayor’s budget trumpets …

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Omolara Fatiregun DRP BOH Testimony

April 26, 2017 Testimony of Omolara Fatiregun, Chief Operating Officer, Casey Trees DPR Budget Oversight Hearing Before the Committee on Transpiration and the Environment Good morning Chairperson Cheh and members of the committee. My name is Omolara Fatiregun, Chief Operating Officer of Casey Trees. I am also a proud 17-year resident of the District, currently …

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Mark Buscaino DDOT BOH Testimony

April 24, 2017 Testimony of Mark Buscaino, Executive Director, Casey Trees Committee on Transportation and the Environment DDOT Budget Oversight Hearing Good afternoon, my name is Mark Buscaino, Executive Director of Casey Trees. Our mission is: To Restore, Enhance and Protect the Tree Canopy of our Nation’s Capital. Thank you for the opportunity to testify. …

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Video: Urban Forestry Administration Budget Testimony 2016

This past budget cycle, 14 Tree Advocates testified to save the Urban Forestry Administration’s (UFA) tree planting budget. It was a big success because Councilmembers responded to their asks by restoring UFA’s budget. UFA is housed in DDOT, and is one of the most important targets of our advocacy efforts.

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RFK Campus Short Term Redevelopment Public Comments

August 9, 2016 Andrew Harrington Director, Venue Operations Events DC Sports & Entertainment Division 2400 East Capitol Street SE Washington, DC 20003 RE: RFK Campus Short Term Redevelopment Dear Mr. Harrington, Casey Trees is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit, with a mission “to restore, enhance, and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.” To …

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Tell Your Councilmember to Vote NO on Sursum Corda Temporary Amendment Act of 2019

What we are asking Take Action! Protect D.C.’s Heritage Trees. Please tell your councilmember TODAY not to support Councilmember Allen’s proposed “Sursum Corda Cooperative Association Clarification Temporary Amendment Act of 2019”! We made it super easy with our fillable online form.  What is happening Councilmember Allen is introducing emergency legislation tomorrow (Tuesday, September 17) asking …

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Small Cells and 5G are coming to D.C. Help us make sure trees survive this.

We need you to tell DDOT to include protections for current and future trees in their plan for small cells. Submit your comments to help shape guidelines to include protections for current trees potentially affected by small cell deployment, and future trees as well. Why are they being installed and why do I care about …

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Casey Trees Testifies at D.C.’s Performance and Oversight Hearings

February may be the shortest month, but our Science and Policy team was busy! Overall, we attended six Performance and Oversight Hearings at various District agencies to be sure trees get the investment they need to live long and healthy lives. We advocated for numerous things, but our testimony focused on four main pillars: encouraging …

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Introducing our New Conservation Planner. You May Recognize Her.

As our steadfast Planning Advocate, Kristin Taddei has accomplished a lot in her four-year reign. Among many, many other accomplishments not featured, she has testified in front of the Zoning Commission, helped preserve a grove of 37 mature trees near historic St. Paul’s College, and ensured DDOT takes steps to mitigate the immense flooding around …

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