Evaluating Trees for Our Future Climate
March 20, 2015
In partnership with Sacramento Parks and Recreation and the
Urban Forest section of the Department of Public Works, Sacramento Tree
Foundation volunteers completed the last of three Climate Ready Trees planting
events on Saturday March 14th.
The trees that were planted at these events are
part of a scientific study being conducted by the United States Forest Service
for which researchers will be evaluating the effects of our changing climate on
specific tree species. A total of 96 trees have been planted as part of this 20-year study. Over three days volunteers planted 24 trees at each of three
locations; Regency Park, Fisherman’s Lake, and along a segment of the bike path
adjacent to the Natomas Drain Canal. An additional Sacramento location was
planted by Urban Forest staff. Pairs of 12 different species were planted at
each location, with an additional planting of four of each species in a control
plot at University California Davis.
Researchers will be evaluating the
drought-tolerance, pest vulnerability, growth, and survival of these promising
new species as our climate continues to become hotter and drier. The goal of
the study is to increase the biodiversity and resilience of future urban
forests by expanding the palette of tree species that are grown, sold, and
planted in Central Valley cities. The study will be replicated in other
California climate regions.