Austin (KXAN) - The City of Austin is promoting a program that plants trees onprivate property. The purpose of
ACT was started in 2006 and the city puts together a big pushpromoting it going into fall, when the trees are planted.Since it began, the program has provided 2,177 trees to1,491 properties in 8 different neighborhoods. "It willprobably take a few more years to be able to gauge the impact sincethese trees do not really provide enough shade right now," saysLaura Patlove, Planning and Development Review Department. "When they become larger we should see a cooling effect on thecity."
ACT offers between 8 and 10 different species of large shade andsmall understory trees. Trees can be planted in both the front andbackyards but not in a designated
To be selected for the Austin Community Trees program, aneighborhood must meet the following criteria:
- Has an adopted neighborhood plan
- Has an established Neighborhood Plan Contact Team
- Has low tree canopy
Based on this criteria, city staff sends out applications toeligible areas on an annual basis. Applications are reviewed, andone area is selected to receive free trees to be planted in thefall. Due to the high need and desire for trees in neighborhoodsthe success of this program relies heavily on having an organizedneighborhood to recruit
The ACT program is funded through the Urban Heat IslandMitigation Fund (Austin Energy) and is a partnership amongneighborhood planning areas, the Planning and Development ReviewDepartment, Parks and Recreation Department, and Austin Energy.
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