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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

MIAMI (October 13, 2015)

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. 


Who:
• Students and volunteers hard at work planting trees; • Maria Alonso, Bank of America Miami market manager; • Ian Leahy, Director of Urban Forest Programs for American Forests • Jack Kardys, Director, Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department; • Invited County and school officials, including: Miami-Dade County Commissioner District 3 Audrey Edmonson; Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Russell Benford; and Miami Dade County Public School Board member for District 2 Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindigall.
What:
Miami-Dade County's Liberty City community to receive 100 new trees, as part of the Million Trees Miami tree planting initiative.
When:
October 14, 2015 — 09:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where:
Liberty City Elementary School, 1855 NW 71st Street, Miami FL 33147
Editor's Note:
9 a.m., Kick off and remarks from County officials 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m, Tree planting begins, visuals with volunteers and students. VISUALS: Students from the 5th grade of Liberty City Elementary School planting 100 trees with nearly 50 volunteers from Miami-Dade County, American Forests, Bank of America, 79th Street Coalition for Change and Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida