Environmental groups looking for survey participants to help address a lack of trees in some Providence neighborhoods

The groups are coordinating the PVD Tree Plan, and the survey would help them distribute and plant trees in the neighborhoods that need them most.

By: Tim Studebaker

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – One look at a satellite view of the city of Providence, and it’s clear.  There are vast swaths of the city with very few trees.  A new initiative is looking to change that.

Cassie Tharinger is the Executive Director of the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, one of several groups putting together the PVD Tree Plan.  Tharinger says, “This is an initiative to create a city-wide strategic plan and vision, an action plan for how we can create a more equitable and evenly distributed urban forest and tree canopy in our city”

Organizers point to the environmental and health benefits of trees, and they want to bring those benefits to more neighborhoods across Providence, where trees are lacking.

Tharinger says, “Those are neighborhoods that also have some of the highest levels of asthma rates, childhood asthma rates and other environmental health indicators are all really disproportionate in those neighborhoods.”

They say the effort will benefit neighborhoods that are especially impacted by a lack of trees.

Kufa Castro is Program Manager with Groundwork Rhode Island, another group participating in the effort.  Castro says, “This is a way to counter that, and for us in the inner city and for everyone to be able to create a relationship with the outdoors that’s healthy.  And, we’ll have a healthier Providence that way.”

In order to figure out the best ways to address the city’s needs, they’ve put together an online survey, and they want your help.

Castro says, “With this information, it can help direct us as to where to plant the trees, how many trees are we going to plant, but really reverse the situation that we’re in.”

The survey will be available until April 29th. Find the survey here: https://pvdtreeplan.org/survey

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