Million Trees Miami joins local residents, students and their families to bring shade to Liberty City
Million Trees Miami, American Forests and Bank of America come together to plant 100 trees – announce results of new survey examining Miami-Dade canopy cover
On Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, students from Liberty City Elementary School and nearly 50 volunteers from Miami-Dade County, American Forests and Bank of America will join to plant 100 new trees in Liberty City as part of the Million Trees Miami initiative. Teams will descend on the 18th Avenue area equipped with gloves and shovels to dig and plant native and Florida friendly trees.
The event, kicking off at 9 a.m., will also offer a unique opportunity to interview specialists who will unveil findings from a recent tree canopy study, commissioned by Bank of America.
BACKGROUND: American Forests partnered with the University of Florida and Florida International University, using LIDAR imagery and i-Tree software, to analyze tree canopy coverage as it relates to stormwater, heat island, and social factors such as race and public health in the densest urban core of Miami-Dade County. The study found that urban tree canopy, including shrubs, covers only 12.2 percent of area but removes more than 72 tons of air pollution annually, equating to over $2.6 million in annual health benefits, not including more than $35 million overall dollars’ worth of carbon dioxide stored in the trees themselves.