Five Percent Goal for Trees in Disadvantaged Communities is too Low


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To the Editor:

RE “15m in Federal Grants Awarded to CT Cities & Conservation Groups for Planting Trees” by Angela Carella, Oct. 11:

I am writing to express my enthusiasm and support for the recent news regarding the U.S. Forest Service’s investment in our nation’s urban forest. I was extremely pleased by the announcement that several proposals by nonprofit and conservation groups in Connecticut were the recipients of the U.S. Forest Service’s grant; aimed to combat climate change by planting more trees and improving our environment. he threat posed by climate change and our contribution to the cause has highlighted the gravity of the situation at hand. This has created an urgency to reduce pollution and protect the environment before it is too late.

Planting trees is a remedy that has not received much attention, and its benefits to ecology and community unknown to citizens. These benefits can’t be overlooked because planting trees in urban environments can remediate the consequences of climate change for urban citizens such as: reducing heat, improving air quality, and improving the visual appeal of communities.

The decision to fund the proposals of these nonprofit and conservation organizations is praiseworthy, and is a testament to Connecticut’s dedication to a greener environment. But Gov. Ned Lamont’s call for a 5 percent increase of tree cover in disadvantaged communities by 2040 is a goal set too low. With the benefits of tree planting, we can do so much more for these communities if we allocate our own funds and dedication to the cause.

Once again, I would like to express my support and gratitude for the U.S. Forest Service’s grant to plant trees, and I eagerly look forward to Connecticut taking larger steps toward ensuring a green environment for our future.

Kenzil Carroll