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Casey Trees Announces Fall 2011 Community Tree Planting Schedule

This story comes to us from Christopher Horn:

From October to mid-December Casey Trees, with help from volunteers, will plant more than 380 trees at 28 sites across the District through its flagship Community Tree Planting (CTP) program.

Individuals enrolled in Tree Planting Workshop, a qualifying course for Casey Trees’ Citizen Forester program, will plant the first trees of the season on the grounds of The Catholic University of America on Oct. 1 as part of their field training. Citizen Foresters serve as volunteer tree ambassadors to the community on behalf of Casey Trees and teach new volunteers how to properly plant and care for trees.  Tree Planting is a free continuing education course offered to the public twice a year.

Additional planting sites include a cemetery, military base, community garden, marina, at-risk youth housing and nine schools. Of note, the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association will sponsor the planting of 10 trees at Capitol Quarter, a new park in Southeast along the riverfront.

Established in 2005, the CTP program provides trees, tools and technical assistance to groups interested in adding 10 or more trees to private and public property in the District free of charge. Shade trees comprise 60 percent of the trees planted at each site. Groups commit to watering and caring for the trees for two years following their planting. Casey Trees has planted more than 4,000 trees through the CTP program since its inception.

“We look forward to working with volunteers of all ages and abilities this fall to restore the District’s tree canopy,” Executive Director Mark Buscaino said. “Every tree we plant strengthens neighborhoods, adds beauty and greens our city.”

Casey Trees welcomes volunteer support at its CTP events, with the exception of school plantings, which are not open to the public. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Individuals can register to volunteer or to attend a free class including Tree Planting at www.caseytrees.org/education.