DDOT Requests Help in Watering Street Trees

The new oaks along Georgia are stressed by the heat

DDOT released the following call for community assistance in watering DC street trees during our recent heat wave.

While even established street trees need additional care during hot, dry summer weather, trees under two years are especially susceptible. I inspected the new trees recently planted along the CVS this morning (photo from earlier this week), and found them to be extremely stressed and have alerted the UFA for assistance until the CVS opens.

The full DDOT request is below.

Call to Water Street Trees in Summer Heat
 Residents Urged to Adopt Street Trees and Receive Free Watering Devices

(Washington, D.C.)  In response to the recent heat waves and dry conditions, the District Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) is launching an effort to engage as many residents as possible in watering street trees so they survive this hot summer.

It takes less than 10 minutes a week to fill the free slow-drip watering device provided by the city to any individual who adopts street trees through UFA’s Canopy Keepers program. 

“Summer heat and normal urban pressures create intense stress for street trees,” said John Thomas, Chief Forester for the District of Columbia.  “While UFA crews are watering all 3,500 new trees we planted this year, we are calling on District residents and businesses to help water street trees close to their homes and offices. Together, we can ensure that these taxpayer-funded assets provide their full environmental, economic, and social benefits for years to come.”

Please contact the Urban Forestry Administration at (202) 671-5133 or visit http://ddot. dc.gov and click on the “Trees” link to become a Canopy Keeper, receive a free watering device and help street trees survive the summer.

The mission of the Urban Forestry Administration is to establish a full population of street trees within the District and to ensure that those street trees are maintained in a healthy and safe condition. UFA has 19 certified arborists on staff who are responsible for issuing permits, enforcing regulations and caring for approximately 140,000 trees throughout the city.

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