Pledge by Tree Fresno
Tree Fresno Commits to the Expansion of the Central San Joaquin Valley Urban Forest by 20,000 Water-Wise Trees before 2030Total Trees Pledged: 20,000
Supporting actions: Workforce Development, Environmental Education,
Tree Fresno has partnered with the Fresno Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and other concerned community-benefit organizations to tackle issues of environmental justice, specifically in terms of Tree Equity and its relationship to good health and well-being.
Over the span of 10 years, as funding is available from the CAL FIRE Urban and Community Forestry Program, Tree Fresno will plant at least 20,000 trees, 90% which will be located in Disadvantaged Communities throughout Fresno, Madera, Kings, and Tulare Counties. All trees planted will be 15-gallon sized, and engage volunteers from area schools and businesses. Tree Fresno will provide early establishment tree care for approximately two years, ensuring the longevity and functionality of each tree planted.
In addition to tree planting, Tree Fresno will actively engage with community partners to offer urban forestry job development and training, educational programming, and the delivery of a multi-year media outreach campaign designed to present “the urban tree” as an indisputable community asset. Raising visibility for the urban forest will undoubtedly lead to amplified volunteerism, a proliferation of tree-centric partnerships, and an increase in fund development, designed to support Tree Fresno’s work of expanding the Central Valley urban forest for decades to come.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Air Resources Board, City of Fresno, Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
Environmental education: We plant many trees at schools, engaging students and staff in the plantings, while improving the learning environment for everyone. We are also developing a database of educational materials to help teachers bring urban forestry into the classroom.
Workforce Development: We are partnered with the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce on the Green Team Youth Ambassador Program. This is a multi-month program, designed to educate and influence youth, ages 18-26-year-olds to choose “green” careers, especially those related to urban trees.
Tree Fresno has been planting and caring for climate-adaptive, drought-tolerant trees in the San Joaquin Valley since 1985. We work with volunteers and students in our communities to foster urban forest stewards.
43,200 MT CO2e