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Casey Trees Awarded $95k for Major Planting Projects Along D.C. Waterways | Environment

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Casey Trees Awarded $95k for Major Planting Projects Along D.C. Waterways

This story comes to us from Jared Powell:

Using $95,000 awarded through the Small Watershed Grants (SWG) Program from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Casey Trees will increase the tree canopy on large urban parcels in the District.

The grant covers the Large Parcel Tree Planting Pilot Program, which will identify, map and plant 500 trees in the Oxon Run and Rock Creek watersheds over two years. Casey Trees will collaborate with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), with large-scale plantings taking place on identified sites outlined in each site’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP).

“This grant adds another tool to our arsenal and fills the gap where tree planting is needed on large urban parcels in order to meet the tree canopy goal of 40 percent in 2035,” said Sara Turner, Casey Trees’ Urban Forestry Manager. “During the last few years we have had great success with our planting programs for homeowners. Now we can target a new audience and increase our economy of scale by planting 50 or 100 trees at a time in areas such as the Rock Creek and Oxon Run watersheds.”

The program will also allow Casey Trees to experiment with different tree stock such as root bags, bare-root and handballs. Monitoring and performance measurements will help evaluate what material has the best survivability and which planting practices yield lower mortality rates.

The SWG Program, funded by a combination of public agencies and private support, provides grants to organizations and municipal governments that are working to improve the condition of their local watershed through on-the-ground restoration, habitat conservation and community engagement.

Additionally, the MS4 permit was recently released. The permit regulates discharges from the storm sewer system into local waterways and is one of the primary regulatory and enforcement tools of the Clean Water Act. Groups such as DDOE, Anacostia Watershed Society and Casey Trees worked on this permit and drafted public comment for more than two years. The MS4 permit, unlike previous versions, includes requirements for green infrastructure such as green roofs, bioretention planters and enhanced tree plantings. The permit requires the District to plant at least 4,150 trees annually and develop a green landscaping incentive program.