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Casey Trees, GW Students Partner To Add Trees To Foggy Bottom

From Jared Powell:

The Environmental Law Association (ELA) at the George Washington University (GW), in partnership with the GW Office of Sustainability and with support from Casey Trees, will green its Foggy Bottom campus with 23 new street trees on Feb. 24.

The tree planting initiative, one of many conducted on campus over the last five years as part of GW’s longstanding relationship with Casey Trees, is in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s (ABA) “One Million Trees Project – Right Tree for the Right Place at the Right Time” nationwide service project. The project calls on ABA members to plant trees with the goal of reaching one million trees across the U.S. by 2014.

ELA and ABA volunteers will plant zelkova, black gum and willow oaks — species specifically selected for their environmental benefits and ability to adapt to urban environments — along F, G, H and I Streets. Planting locations were determined by a survey of open tree boxes. GW’s Grounds & Pest Control Department will water and care for the trees throughout their three-year establishment period and provide structural pruning as necessary.

The GW and Casey Trees partnership focuses on expanding the tree canopy on GW’s campus and using the landscape and streetscape as an urban laboratory to develop enhanced urban tree planting conditions in concert with the D.C. Government. Through the partnership, Casey Trees has partnered with GW to consult on future campus development projects, analyze GW’s tree canopy and advocate for more trees on campus. Future projects include furthering outreach with stakeholders about low-impact development.