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Planting street trees is a powerful way to enhance the health and livability of our neighborhood. Trees mitigate the impact of climate change, reduce the urban “heat island” effect, improve air quality and reduce violent crime. CCRA Green Tree Tenders work with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) to plant street trees every spring and fall, and volunteers are always needed to join planting and tree care events – no training necessary. For volunteers seeking training, PHS provides workshops in tree planting and care. PHS has trained more than 5,000 people who have gone on to lead volunteers in planting over 2,000 trees each year in our region.

              And yet, Philadelphia needs more trees. While a “good” tree canopy coverage covers 30 percent of land area, the city of Philadelphia has only 20 percent coverage, the lowest of any major northeastern city. Center City West boasts many tree-lined streets - many of which are named for trees - but enjoys only a 12 percent canopy, and this percentage represents a significant decline over the past decade. Additionally, the maximum possible coverage of our neighborhood is only 36.5 percent, lower than every other City neighborhood except Market East. For this reason, CCRA Green actively seeks to identify tree planting and preservation opportunities.  

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