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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Planting Trees in Eckington

This morning I volunteered with many others to join with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Casey Trees to plant trees in Washington, D.C.'s Eckington neighborhood immediately adjacent to the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). The group split into three groups and planted a total of 25 trees across the Eckington neighborhood - in individuals' yards, commercial spaces and up to the MBT. It was nice to see so many people out there helping and I was told this was the first of this kind of venture combining the different planting spaces. I was also told if we wanted to coordinate something in Edgewood we could as well. Is there anywhere that we need some more trees?


  1. oh my gosh, i was standing right behind you when you took that picture of jim, merrit, and harry thomas, and i was helping to run things up on R street. i guess we might have met today!

  2. Nice. Well nice to meet you if we did. It was great to see such a large turnout and so many trees planted.

  3. Thanks for volunteering today. It is individuals like you who helped us become the Best Place to Volunteer in Washington City Paper's 2010 Readers' Poll.

    The Casey Trees Community Tree Planting program is a great way to add trees to your neighborhood and actually get to know the people you live next door to but have never gotten the opportunity to meet.

    Applying is simple. Identify ten or more locations to add trees on private property - front yards, church grounds, charter school, etc. and submit an application. If approved you will be assigned a Lead Citizen Forester (Casey Trees-trained volunteer) to help you identify what types of trees make the most sense and where to plant them. Casey Trees provides all the trees, tools and technical assistance - all for FREE!

    To learn more about the Community Tree Planting program, use the link below. The deadline to submit materials for a fall (Oct-Dec) planting is June 15, 2010.

  4. Looks like we need to come up with ten locations by June for the Edgewood area. If you know of any or want a new tree planted this fall in your front yard email me or post here and I will be happy to fill out the Edgewood application!