Do You Care About Street Trees?

Street trees

Do you care about our urban landscape and the trees place in it? Have you wanted to be more involved in taking care of them, or just talk to someone that does? This may be your opportunity.

I received the following notice from DDOT. If you care about street trees, here’s your opportunity to talk to experts about their care and maintenance.

DDOT to Host Citizen Tree Forum

National Experts to Discuss Urban Tree Care

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is offering District residents a unique opportunity to learn more about the street trees in their neighborhoods and how they can help care for them.  DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA), in partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and the U.S. Forest Service, will host a Citizen Tree Forum on Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

“There are 144,000 street trees in the District,” said DDOT’s Chief Forester John Thomas, “and they are subjected to a tremendous amount of environmental stress.  They need care and nurturing and residents can play a critical role to ensure the trees survive and thrive.  This forum will provide them with a lot of really useful, practical information that will help them do that.” 

Two nationally recognized experts in tree care and diseases will be available at the forum to discuss urban trees and answer questions.  The participants include:

  • John Ball, Ph.D., South Dakota State University
  • Chris Luley, Ph.D., Urban Forestry Associates, LLC
  • Representatives from the Northeastern Area, U.S. Forest Service
  • District Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) arborists

This event is made possible through a grant with the USDA Forest Service.  The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register online, please go to or call COG at (202)962-3393 or UFA at (202)671 –5133.

Meeting Information:

What: Citizen Tree Forum
When: Wednesday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG); 777 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 300


3 Responses to “Do You Care About Street Trees?”

  1. anxiousmodernman Says:

    Kudos to the government agencies trying to get us all involved in taking care of these trees.

    But most of us work during the day! Will there be some point-by-point breakdowns of what we need to know to take care of the trees? Strategies for coordinating with neighbors? I’d be interested in attending this, but I’ll be at work from 9 to 5, just like many other residents who would in theory be interested.

  2. I’m completely with you anxiousmodernman. I’ll be working too … and I really care about our trees. If anyone out there knows of any ways of finding out the highlights of the meeting, I’m sure we aren’t the only ones that would like to know more about this. Please consider sending in an update.

  3. meryjohnson Says:

    I am the lover of trees and nature. The much i can do for these i am doing. I am owing a big garden and yard in which me with my father had planted a lot of trees for many years ago and they all are of my age now. i see them as my children and takes care more than my self. this is all i can do for them but i would like to thank you that you people are also aware about tree guard ..
    Thanks to you guys!!

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