It's Takes a (Lincoln) Village
May 22, 2016
What’s that, up in the sky?? Is it a bird? Is it a
plane? Nope, it’s just cleaner air in the City of Rancho Cordova!!
In December 2015 the City of Rancho Cordova took
steps to become more proactive in the protection and expansion of their urban
forest by becoming a Greenprint
Member with the Sacramento Tree Foundation. Since then
they’ve contracted with Gordon Mann to act as their City Arborist, worked
closely with the Tree Foundation to engage the community, and completed their
pilot tree planting project, 100 Trees in Lincoln Village! It has been a BUSY
six months, but this is just the beginning.
The fun started earlier this year when the It Takes
a Lincoln Village (ITLV) Neighborhood Group showed interest in creating more
drought resistant landscapes in their community. Knowing the connection between
the benefits of trees and community health, we saw
this as an opportunity to grow tree canopy and save water! Utilizing the Tree Foundation’s NeighborWoods Program
we were able to make free, SMUD sponsored, shade trees available for
homeowners, while helping ITLV create design palettes for their front yards.
On a soggy Saturday in March, we threw a barbeque to
build community support for the 100 Tree project. It was a successful morning
with a beautiful red oak planted on the campus of A.M. Winn Elementary and the
names of 35 community members collected who were interested in getting a tree!
Additionally, in a unique show of support for the project, the City of Rancho
Cordova announced that they would help homeowners with the planting and
watering of their front yard trees.
April saw Sacramento Tree Foundation’s Community
Foresters swing into action, visiting with homeowners to determine the best places to plant
trees and the best type of tree to plant at each location to maximize the
benefits of shade. The foresters also provided expert help on tree planting and
care techniques to ensure that the trees thrive once they are in the ground.
delivered, along with stakes and ties for free; and 70+ community members banded
together to plant 65 front yard trees the morning of Saturday, May 21.
Individual homeowners also planted 27 trees in their backyards for a total of
92 trees. While we didn’t reach our goal of 100 trees on May 21, it
is important to note that 4 more trees are scheduled to be planted at A.M. Winn
and 20+ will eventually be cited in a neighborhood park.
truly a celebration of the Lincoln Village neighborhood. We are extremely
grateful to the wide range of volunteers who helped, which included local Girl
Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troops, seniors, Cordova High students, City staff and
community leaders. Mayor Sander was live on Good Day Sacramento during the 8:00 a.m. hour.
we be next in Rancho Cordova? Maybe we’ll be in your neighborhood! Let us know you're interested. Many thanks
to the City for designating Measure H, Community Enhancement Funds, to the growth of your urban