This Saturday, August 27, is the second Adopt-a-Tree Community Forestry Project event for the 2016 season. The first took place in June.
The Adopt-a-Tree program provides Miami-Dade single-family or duplex homeowners with two FREE trees every year, even if they have adopted trees in previous years.
Trees reduce air-conditioning costs by providing shade, while a good landscape improves a home’s appearance. Trees also help increase a property’s real estate value and reduce flooding by absorbing excess rain water. They also help to remove significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the air every year. Carbon dioxide is considered to be a leading factor affecting climate change.
Adopt-a-Tree species, event dates and times are subject to change. Tree quantities are limited and will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.
Single-family homeowners adopted more than 190,000 trees since the program’s inception in 2001.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-372-6784.
Saturday August 27th, 9 a.m. – noon
West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Staff Parking Lot
15755 SW 96th St, Kendall
Miami-Dade County, long known for its famous beaches and warm winters, is surprisingly lacking in significant tree cover. A 2008 tree-cover analysis by the University of Florida and the Division of Environment Resources Management showed that the County’s urban areas averaged only 12% tree cover. By way of comparison, other urban areas in the country have as much as 35% tree cover.
Additionally, there was concern about the loss of shade trees caused by the removal of trees diseased with citrus canker. In the fall of 2000, the County petitioned the Florida Department of Agriculture for money to begin restoring the communal loss of additional shade.
The Adopt-a-Tree program resulted from the input of community groups, agricultural interests and government agencies seeking to improve the depleted tree canopy in the County. The first Adopt-a-Tree event took place in July 2001, and since then, this program has been working to foster a heightened awareness of the value of shade trees.
The program is designed to strengthen the condition of our community’s tree canopy. Therefore, the trees selected for adoption are ones that make good shade trees in their adulthood. The program provides both native “ornamental” shade trees and a variety of non-citrus fruit trees.
For eligibility and other information about the Miami-Dade County Adopt-Tree Community Forestry Project, click here to visit their website.