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Ann Arbor's 10,000 Tree Initiative: Enhancing Resilience and Equity Through Tree Planting on Private Property

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Ann Arbor's 10,000 Tree Initiative: Enhancing Resilience and Equity Through Tree Planting on Private Property

  1. 1. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022 Ann Arbor’s 10,000 Trees Initiative: Enhancing Resilience and Equity through Tree Planting on Private Property Sean Reynolds, Community Sustainability Coordinator City of Ann Arbor, Office of Sustainability and Innovations
  2. 2. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Background: About Me Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022
  3. 3. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Background: The A2ZERO Plan Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022 • Adopted June 1st, 2020 • Ann Arbor’s plan to achieve a just transition to community-wide carbon neutrality by 2030 Power our electrical grid with 100% renewable energy Switch our appliances and vehicles from gasoline, diesel, propane, coal, and natural gas to electric Significantly improve the energy efficiency in our homes, businesses, schools, places of worship, recreational sites, and government facilities Reduce the miles we travel in our vehicles by at least 50% Change the way we use, reuse, and dispose of materials Enhance the resilience of our people and our place 6 Main Strategies
  4. 4. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Trees, Resilience, and Equity Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022
  5. 5. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Community Resilience Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022 • The ability of a community to prepare for, adapt to, withstand, and/or recover from hazards, changing conditions, and other disruptions • Ann Arbor faces: • rising temperatures • increased precipitation
  6. 6. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Trees and Resilience Roots reduce erosion, flooding, and runoff Leaves and roots absorb pollutants Trunks sequester carbon Canopy shades buildings, reducing cooling costs and energy use Canopy serves as a windbreak, reducing heating costs and energy use Trees beautify, improve mental health, and add habitat for wildlife Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022
  7. 7. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Trees and Resilience $6.96/yr Mitigating stormwater runoff $41.21/yr Increases in property value Example: 8-in. diameter northern red oak planted on a single-family residential lot. http://www.treebenefits.com/calculator/index.cfm $37.62/yr Reductions in energy usage $6.08/yr Improvements in air quality $0.72/yr Reductions in atmospheric CO2 $92.59/yr Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022
  8. 8. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Equity and Climate Justice Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022 • Climate change effects can have different social, economic, and health impacts on different communities • Decision-making and implementation of A2ZERO programs includes marginalized, under-represented, and frontline communities
  9. 9. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Equity and Climate Justice Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022 Headwaters Economics Neighborhoods at Risk Tool, nar.headwaterseconomics.org
  10. 10. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Trees and Equity Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022 • The benefits of trees are often missing in areas where they are needed most • Tree planting efforts must be made with equity and environmental justice in mind – and with input from impacted communities American Forests, www.treeequityscore.org
  11. 11. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations The 10,000 Trees Initiative Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022
  12. 12. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations The 10,000 Trees Initiative Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022
  13. 13. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations FreeTree Giveaways Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022 • Small, 2-3 ft tall, bare-root seedlings • Distributed at no cost to residents of Washtenaw County • Twice per year – spring & fall • Drive-through style events allow for rapid distribution • 1,000-3,000 seedlings per event • 2-3 seedlings per household • Personalized tree planting and care information provided with each seedling
  14. 14. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Community Tree Plantings Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022 • Larger B&B or containerized trees • Planted with volunteer labor at no cost to residents of Ann Arbor • Meetings with homeowners to select tree species • Bryant Neighborhood, Fall 2021 • 32 trees, 12 households • Personalized care information provided with each tree
  15. 15. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Accomplishments and Looking Ahead Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022 • 3,677 trees planted or distributed • 81.7% Michigan native species • Four FreeTree Giveaways • One Community Tree Planting • Two Community Tree Plantings planned for 2023 • Educational programming being developed • Plans for a survival study and a “neighborhood tree ambassador” program
  16. 16. Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations Thank You! Questions? sreynolds@a2gov.org 734-794-6000, ext. 43737 Partners in Community Forestry Conference | November 17th, 2022

Editor's Notes

  • Growing up, I was always fascinated with the natural world and loved going to National Parks - like the Great Smokey Mountains - and other natural areas
    I decided to study biology for undergrad, with a focus on birds and small mammals…
    But then my first job out of college was in the El Yunque Rainforest of Puerto Rico, measuring and mapping trees for a long-term research study
    I fell in love with trees, and my next job was at Casey Trees, a non-profit in Washington D.C., where I worked on a survival study and led volunteer tree inventories
    I then went to Auburn University, where I pursued an MS in Forestry while researching Turkey Oak seedlings in the longleaf pine habitats of SW Georgia
    After graduating, I began searching for jobs related to tree education, outreach, and advocacy – and was hired by OSI to launch the 10K Trees Initiative!
  • A seventh overarching strategy includes actions such as carbon pricing, emissions offsets, and a community sustainability grant program
  • Temperatures are expected to rise by 3-7°F by 2050
    Ann Arbor is projected to have 12-36 more days per year above 90°F by 2050
    Average annual precipitation has increased by 44% since the 1950s and continues to rise
    The total amount of rain falling during extreme events has increased by 37% since 1981
  • The importance of equity and climate justice can be seen using mapping tools such as the Neighborhoods at Risk tool from Headwaters Economics
    From this screenshot, we can see that socio-economic factors and environmental factors such as flood risk and tree canopy cover can be combined to produce maps of the census tracts most at risk of experiencing a disproportionately heavy burden from climate change effects
  • Strategy 6 of the A2ZERO Plan – Action 3: Preserve and Enhance the Local Tree Canopy
    Achieving community resilience is dependent on both public and private property
    Trees on private property have a more direct impact on resilience and equity, due to proximity to homes and the direct involvement of the property owner

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