We desperately need a FUF in Oakland. (Friends of the Urban Forest)
"After all, in an era of overwhelming need for urban infrastructure improvements, trees offer cities some of the best bang for their buck. Trees remove carbon dioxide, filter air pollution, and produce oxygen. They absorb rainwater, UV radiation, and noise. They slow down traffic, improve property values, and reduce human stress and mental fatigue. And they provide shade, which means we have to use less energy to cool down."
Meet the scientist putting a dollar value on America's urban forests.
Thanks for dropping the ecological knowledge Alisha!
While we are planting trees, we might ban and prevent future usage of neurotoxic insecticide chemicals that poison water aquifers. Also, to be efficient, when we are doing earth planting work, we should consider trans/planting "bee friendly" varieties that will help pollinators to overcome their Colony Collapse Disorder challenges. This would give youth the opportunity to learn about the insects (bees!) that are responsible for pollinating our major food sources like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices.
United Roots Oakland looks like a pretty sweet organization: