Planting a tree can have a positive impact on your community for generations to come. A greener urban canopy can help reduce the heat island effect that cities can create, improve air quality, lower energy bills by providing shade, and provide homes for wildlife. As a city, we are focused on planting trees in communities that are most vulnerable to extreme heat and areas where the urban canopy is the least dense.
You can help by taking the pledge to plant a tree in your community. Every tree planted is a step toward a green, cooler, more sustainable city.
Planting a tree is just the first step. Caring for that tree to make sure it lives a long and healthy life and can shade generations of Albuquerque citizens is the true goal. Our partners at Tree NM have put together resources to help you plant and care for your new tree.
When it comes to planting trees, where you plant matters. The city of Albuquerque’s Department of Environmental Health, Department of Recreation and Let’s Plant Albuquerque partnered with NASA to use satellite imagery to model increases in tree canopy within the city over the next decade.
The NASA team modeled tree cover interventions and create surface temperature maps. These tools will help the City and the Let’s Plant Albuquerque team to make data-driven decisions about where to plant trees to have the biggest impact on countering the Urban Heat Island effect.
Want to learn more about trees in our city? Below are a few public resources you can tap into.
Nestled among the Rio Grande bosque the Woodward House provides an ideal environment for hands-on training and education about anything and everything tree related. The site is collaboratively managed by the City of Albuquerque and Tree New Mexico.
Tree New Mexico offers a special program for teachers, administrators and families that want to plant trees, care for trees, and learn about trees – all at their own campus. Over our 30 years, they’ve done hundreds of tree programs for youth and planted trees on campuses throughout New Mexico.
The power of trees should be available to everyone in our city. If you’re interested in bringing a greener canopy to your apartment complex or public housing development, get in touch. Our team can help you walk through the process.
Every dollar you donate goes to making Albuquerque a greener city. The City will partner with local organizations, such as Tree NM, The Nature Conservancy, Neighborhood Associations, civic and religious organizations, and others, to plant trees all over town, while emphasizing areas with the least tree canopy cover.
Not sure about which tree is right for your space? Talk to a tree expert with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority.AskAnExpert@abcwua.org
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Join others who have made the pledge to plant a tree in the Albuquerque area this year. Fill out the form below and take the pledge, it’s that easy. We’ll email you information on how to receive a 25% rebate off the purchase of your new tree.