#GivingTuesdayCLE with Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Cleveland’s nickname as the Forest City is facing a crisis. Most cities of our size should have a tree canopy coverage – the amount of tree coverage of the ground when viewed from above – of 40 percent; Cleveland’s tree canopy only covers 17 percent. That’s not only sad, it’s unhealthy.
Many studies have shown a linkage between trees and health. Schoolchildren perform better when there are trees in their neighborhood. Asthma rates and hospital visits decline with a healthy tree canopy. Summers are cooler and winters are warmer when trees line city blocks. Not only do trees make a neighborhood more beautiful, they improve our mental and physical health.
Western Reserve Land Conservancy understands this connection. We’ve started a program called Reforest Our City, with a goal of planting and maintaining thousands of trees along streets, in parks and at other public spaces. We’re building partnerships with community leaders, business owners, government officials, churches, cities and more to get more trees into Cleveland neighborhoods. We’ve got expert arborists on staff to lead tree plantings and maintenance schedules. What we need now is you.
Every little bit helps. For a $10 donation you’ll be helping us to purchase planting tools like shovels and gloves. For $25 you can help us purchase 20 tree seedlings. $100 gets us a wheelbarrow. Real dollars will have real results, and we can’t thank you enough for your support.
Together, we can rebuild the Forest City!