Urban Forestry - Street Tree Planting - Mosby
Street trees are an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of our streetscapes. They help create healthier, safer, and more connected communities. From cleaning our air, to filtering our water, and even slowing down storm surge and flooding in our cities, trees also provide shade that can cool our neighborhoods by up to 10 degrees, which can help prevent heat-related deaths and illessess in urban areas that suffer from heat island effect. The City of Richmond’s Urban Forestry Division maintains over 120,000 trees that are within public right-of-way spaces.
Join Urban Forestry for a street tree planting! We will be planting street trees in treelawns along Spotsylvania St in the Mosby neighborhood. Not only will this help beautify the area and create habitat for birds and other local wildlife, but once reaching maturaty, these trees will create shade and cool down temperatures in an area that has a high Heat Vulnerability Index.
Volunteer Duties & Responsibilities:
Volutneers will be assisting staff from Urban Forestry, in the planting of new street trees in treelawns. Duties will include digging holes, moving and amending soil, placing and planting 10 trees, applying mulch, and watering. We will be planting 15-gallon/1.5" caliper sized trees, which are larger in size, but will create an imediate impact to the area. Volunteers may want to bring along a refillable water bottle and snack, as well as sunscreen, if needed.
Qualifications, Skills, & Requirements:
All tools and PPE will be provided, but be sure to wear sturdy closed toed shoes/boots, long pants and long sleeves. No prior experience or special skills necessary, though some lifting (max. 60lbs), bending, overhead reaching, grasping, and stooping will be required. All activities will be located outdoors, in the grassy median/public right-of-way, next to a street (No Parking plackards will be posted, traffic claming measures installed, prior to the event). Please be aware of the weather forecast, and dress accordingly (this event is rain or shine, however advance communication will be sent if we need to cancel). Urban Forestry staff will be leading a demonstartion on how to properly plant trees at the beginning of the event, so please arrive on time!
This event will be on Wednesday, November 23rd from 12pm - 3pm, please arrive on time and plan on staying for the full 3-hours.
Upon signup, you will recieve TWO emails; one from HandsOn and one from the Opportunity Coordinator at "Qui.Nguyen@rva.gov". Specific meeting location and additional instructions will be sent in the SECOND email - be sure to check your SPAM folder if you have not recived it. All volunteers MUST REPLY to that email to confirm participation, to allow for proper planning for equipment and tools
Volunteer hours will be verified within 48hrs after the end of the event, though the HandsOn Greater Richmond website
If arriving by bicycle, there are utility poles in the area (so bring a cable lock)
If arriving by GRTC Bus, Route 5 has nearby stops. Please visit http://ridegrtc.com/planning-your-trip/trip-planner for more details.
If arriving by vehicle, please give yourself some extra time on arriving to be able to find on-street parking. Car pooling is encouraged!
Have a large group or want to learn more details about this event? Feel free to reach out to the Opportunity Coordinator if you have any questions!
Age Minimum (with Adult): 13+, Minimum Age:18+
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