Root Nashville’s plans to grow the urban canopy in Davidson County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Healthy canopy makes urban neighborhoods healthier, but there are some areas of Davidson County where trees are sparse. Root Nashville wants to change that.

Meg Morgan, Root Nashville Campaign Manager, says that trees can make a world of difference in communities, “We need a healthy urban canopy to create healthy waterways. But also for our public health as humans, we have always said that you need trees to have a healthy population because air quality is beneficial for lowering local temperatures and because many other reasons”.

Root Nashville is a public-private partnership between Metro and The Cumberland River Compact. Their goal is to plant half a million trees in Davidson County by 2050 and they want to make sure they get to the areas that need them most.

“We were really focused on creating a fairer distribution of trees because we talked about all the different benefits that trees have, but they weren’t universally universal,” says Morgan. Nashville.

Neighborhoods with the most sparse canopy include North and South Nashville, and there is a historical reason for this inequality in tree distribution.

“The wealthier neighborhoods will have more trees. And a lot of that goes back to practice from the 30s and 40s by the federal government known as the red line, where certain neighborhoods in certain areas are marked as investments. unexpected. They are literally painted in red. And these were communities that were majority black at the time,” Morgan said.

The impact of those policies can still be seen in Nashville’s urban canopy, but Root Nashville is working to add trees in these historically untapped areas.

“To make it as easy as possible, to restore our canopy, we provide trees completely free of charge to people’s yards,” says Morgan. “This is through a program called the Neighborhood Tree Captain program. You become the captain of your neighborhood, you’re rewarded with a certain number of trees, and then it’s your job to just tell your neighbors, we’ve got free trees for their neighborhood. I. ”

Planting season is mid-October to March. Root Nashville recommends that you sign up now to be ready to plant in the fall. You can find more information about registration on the Root Nashville website. Root Nashville’s plans to grow the urban canopy in Davidson County

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