Legislation

Putting the 'Protect' part of our mission into practice. We work with council members, community groups, and other stakeholders to build and strengthen tree and canopy policy.

Advocacy Works: Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act 2016

The Problem Trees absorb carbon dioxide, clean our rivers and add history to neighborhoods – but the vast majority of these benefits come from mature trees that have had the time and space to grow. While planting young trees is an important part of re-treeing D.C. – it can’t keep up with canopy lost to …

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Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act of 2016

Our city’s trees clean the air, lower energy costs, provide shade and beautify our neighborhoods. But the city’s tree cover has shrunk to 36 percent, down from its 50 percent peak in the 1950s. To reverse this trend, the Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act of 2016 was enacted to address tree loss and support tree …

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Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002

D.C.’s trees provide many ecological, social, and economic benefits. To protect this valuable natural resource, the Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002, also known as the Tree Bill, was enacted in 2003. The Act established rules for the removal of Special Trees (trees 55 inches in circumference or larger) and established a Tree Fund to …

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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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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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D.C. Council moves forward with ambitious Clean Energy Bill

The Fourth National Climate Assessment, released in November lays out a stark future. While our response as a nation is still unclear, D.C.’s response as a city is anything but. Last week the D.C. Council voted unanimously to move forward with the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 aka the D.C. Climate Bill. Introduced …

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The Cooperative Forestry Act is 40 Years Old. Why You and Your Urban Forest Should Care.

Four decades ago this year, Congress passed the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 to help the federal government and state forestry agencies coordinate their efforts to protect, conserve, and enhance America’s forests. Wait, what does that have to do with urban forests? While most people associate U.S. forests with large swaths of national park …

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St. Paul’s Townhomes Development Win

In order to help the District reach its 40 percent tree canopy goal by 2032 – a challenge given the increasing pace of development in the nation’s capital – Casey Trees advocates for more sustainable plans that protect existing trees and achieve a net gain in tree canopy. In early 2016, Casey Trees learned of …

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St. Elizabeths East: The Special Tree Law in Action

Did you know D.C. has a law that protects large trees from being cut down? The Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act of 2016 does a lot of great things, but it also increases the number of trees protected under the Special tree status and creates a Heritage tree status. Under the law, Special trees, 14’’-31’’ …

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Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act Update

Last week, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act of 2016 (TCPAA)! Barring any Congressional oversight, this act will become law and strengthen D.C.’s tree protections for the first time in 14 years — ensuring D.C.’s urban forest will be protected for generations to come! It is also the last step in the …

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