Tens of thousands of volunteers in all 50 states will gather during October to transform their parks, waterways, and city streets into greener community spaces by planting and caring for trees as part of the 10th anniversary of National NeighborWoods® Month.
“Ten years marks a milestone for the NeighborWoods® program, and I’m confident that it will be our largest campaign yet,” says Carrie Gallagher, executive director of Alliance for Community Trees, the national non-profit that coordinates the award-winning National NeighborWoods® Month program.
In cities and towns from coast-to-coast, over 50,000 trees are expected to be planted during October. Thousands more existing trees will get the care and maintenance they need to thrive, invasives will be uprooted, and vacant lots and river banks will be restored—all contributing to greener, healthier, and more resilient neighborhoods.
“The trees planted and cared for during October’s NeighborWoods® will improve public health, moderate city temperatures, mitigate stormwater runoff, and raise property values,” says Gallagher. As in years past, results from this year’s action campaign will build on the significant economic and environmental benefits that accrue from diverse and well-planned tree cover in cities and town.
National NeighborWoods® Month is sponsored this year by the USDA Forest Service, Boise Paper, and CSX. To show excitement and support for NeighborWoods®, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has issued a video message calling on citizen volunteers to “be a part of the action,” and help bring the vital benefits of trees to our streets, parks, and backyards.
In addition, for this 10th anniversary year, Corona Tools has awarded ten Corona Cares™ Tool Grants to qualifying Alliance for Community Trees member organizations. The grants supplied tree-planting tool sets—wheelbarrows, shovels, and pruners—to support planting and maintenance events this fall.
To double our impact, a generous anonymous donor has pledged to match all donations made in honor of the 10th anniversary of NeighborWoods®. Donor support makes it possible for Alliance for Community Trees to work with communities across the U.S. to build a greener future, including the hundreds of events happening this October.
“NeighborWoods® encourages volunteer activism for trees,” says Gallagher. “The thousands of volunteers who will give their time and effort to plant and tend to trees this October are planting our future and spreading the spirit of stewardship.”