A program to restore tree canopies in Montgomery County’s historically underserved neighborhoods launched this spring with the planting of 41 trees – much to the delight of property owners.
“Thank you for the Red Pansy Redbud that was planted through the Tree Equity Reforestation program. We love our tree!” wrote one program participant. “The redbud is a perfect choice for our front yard. I have yet to select a name for it, but that will come in due course.”
Program sponsors, the Land Bank and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, each committed $25,000 to the effort, which aims to preserve property values and improve the quality of life for residents. Homeowners do not pay for the trees but are asked to maintain them with proper watering and pruning.
One hundred more trees will be planted this fall, according to Land Bank Program Manager Susie Crabill. Eligible property owners in targeted Montgomery County neighborhoods are invited to apply for the fall planting by visiting the Land Bank’s website.