How Does A City Create Canopied Roads? Adopt-A-Tree

Feb 4, 2013

Cathedral Live Oak
Seedless Sweet Gum
Chikasaw Plum

Imagine a canopied road: blue skies breaking through branches, falling leaves, cool weather and all. Maybe you’re lucky enough to live on such a street. But if you don’t and want to, just ask Tallahassee Public Works. The city is hoping to bring more native canopy trees to more streets with a free Adopt-A-Tree program.

Take your pick: Cathedral Live Oak, Seedless Sweet Gum, or Chikasaw Plum. Actually, pick two. Anyone living within Tallahassee’s city limits can choose any two native trees. It’s part of the city’s Public Works’ plan to maintain the city’s canopied roads. Tallahassee’s Cris Revell heads the project and sees the city’s current canopy needs a little help.

“We’re losing our urban forest over time. So what we’re trying to do with this program is to encourage the replanting back in those areas so we don’t one day turn our heads around and say ‘where did all the trees go?’” Revell says.

The trees are free. Just go to Tallahassee’s website, fill out the Adopt-A-Tree form online and choose your two trees. City workers will stop by starting around the end of February to find the right place for the trees on your lawn near the road.