To engage our volunteers in projects that sustainably contribute to increasing urban forestry in Arizona and to educate the public on the benefits of urban forestry, including carbon capture, decreasing the heat island effect, and cleaning the air.
Increase the tree canopy in low income, low canopy areas throughout Arizona
Provide education to Arizonans on best practices for tree maintenance and the benefits of urban forestry
Provide a model for cities on how to work with private residents
City of Tempe
City of Apache Junction
City of Phoenix
South Mountain Environmental Education Center
Current and Planned Projects
ALPHA Nursery We are creating a self-sustaining nursery that will create a micro-forest environment in an urban setting. The nursery will support a program for students, starting in about second grade, to regularly come to this outdoor classroom for education on trees and their ecology. This program will teach students the importance of trees and how to care for them, while supporting their mental health by providing regular retreats into a forest environment, which studies show provides numerous benefits. North Tempe Tree Planting
We are currently working on creating our next planting in Tempe with the North Tempe Neighborhoods Association. Currently, we are working with the HOA group to determine interest among the residents, ideal location, and other project design details. The North Tempe Neighborhoods planting will also support the Tempe Urban Forestry Master Plan and will be funded by the rest of the urban forestry grant we received from International paper.
Apache Junction Tree Planting The AZSA Urban Forestry priority and volunteers, in collaboration with the City of Apache Junction and the Apache Junction Community Development Corporation, will plant desert-adapted trees and plants to reduce the carbon footprint and heat island within the Apache Trail median located on the community’s main commercial corridor. This will beautify the area and encourage economic growth and walking/biking in the area. The tree planting project is planned to occur in the Fall of 2019.
North Tempe Neighborhoods Tree Planting
On November 3, 2018, we planted 25 desert-adapted trees on 13 private properties in a North Tempe neighborhood. This planting was done in partnership with the North Tempe Neighborhood Association and helps support the Tempe Urban Forestry Master Plan. This project was funded by International Paper.
New School Tree Planting
On April 28, 2018 we planted 19 trees at the New School of the Arts and Academics in Tempe. We worked with the school, specifically teacher Jane Dowell, to provide trees in areas that could use shade around the school. Jane plans to utilize the trees in future classrooms to teach children about trees and have them help take care of the trees.
This project was part of our efforts to support the Tempe Urban Forestry Master Plan, which calls for increasing canopy cover to 25% by 2040. As the City only owns less than 3% of the land in the City, most of the planting will have to take place on private property. The trees will provide shade in much of the outdoor area the school has, including near some of the classroom buildings, which will help keep those buildings cool. By planting desert-adapted trees like eucalyptus, desert willow, and palo blanco, we have limited the amount of additional water the school will have to use to support the trees in the future. This project was completed with an urban forestry grant from International Paper.
by Aubrey Coffey-Urban This week, our climate change team met to talk about our next urban forestry projects for the upcoming year. Right now, we are focused on working with the North Tempe Neighborhood Association
by Aubrey Coffey-Urban After our first tree planting in April, we are moving forward to plan and develop our new projects moving forward! Our new co-lead, Andrew Pisher, has been developing an idea for a
Web Master2018-04-24T04:55:49-07:00April 22nd, 2018|
by Aubrey Coffey-Urban In our last week before our tree planting at the New School for Arts and Academics, we are busy getting the final details into place. We are completing our tree selection, marking
Web Master2018-03-20T03:54:04-07:00March 19th, 2018|
by Aubrey Coffey-Urban This week, we have a meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30pm at the Ability 360 Building, Classroom A. We will be discussing our progress on site selection and funding applications. After
Web Master2018-03-12T18:34:30-07:00March 12th, 2018|
by Aubrey Coffey-Urban The site selection process continues for our first urban forestry project in Tempe! We have driven a lot of the areas we targeted and have identified several potential sites for our first
Web Master2018-02-19T22:52:50-07:00February 19th, 2018|
by Aubrey Coffey-Urban This week, we refocused our efforts on finding a location for our urban forestry project. Our original target area did not end up containing much potential for a project, so we developed