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DLANC Looking for "Shovel Ready" Downtown Trees

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at 11:20AM
Toppled Tree on Hope Ken C

A delivery truck struck a street tree on Hope street last month, leaving an empty tree well. DLANC is targeting spots like this with a new planting program.

Interested in learning more about our urban forest? The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council is holding a meeting on Monday to introduce the community to the various city agencies responsible for the trees found around Downtown.

The event is in preparation for a fall planting, in which the group will target "shovel ready" trees -- spots where empty tree wells exist in Downtown sidewalks.

Future projects will include looking for more creative ways to incorporate trees into the Downtown environment.

The community meeting will include information booths from many of the City’s agencies and outside partners that participate in the City’s urban forestry and open space programs. Anyone who is interested in volunteering for a tree planting project – including the Sustainability Committee’s 2009 pilot project in Skid Row, initiating their own tree planting project, and/or expanding open space opportunities in the City of Los Angeles should attend.

Event sponsors include DLANC's Sustainability Committee, Councilwoman Jan Perry's office, Councilman Jose Huizar's office, the LA Conservation Corps, Million Trees LA, the Department of Water and Power, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Morning Rotary Club, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust.

Monday's meeting will take place from 6:00pm to 7:45pm at the Central Library, Meeting Room A. Those with questions can contact DLANC Community Tree Planting Project Lead and Public-Sector Workforce Director, Gunnar Hand, AICP at GunnarHand@hotmail.com or 816.916.6304.

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