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Trees make a difference in your life...and in our city!

Did you know that the presence of street trees increases your property value?  Well, they do that and more. Trees reduce traffic speeds, create a sense of community, improve one’s well-being and clean the air we breath.  For more information on the many benefits trees provide, check out Why Trees Matter on our Resources Tab.  If trees make a difference in our life, how many trees are needed to improve our city? 

Tree canopy coverage--the percent of land under trees--is one way to determine a city's health.  It is recommended that a healthy city have a  tree canopy coverage of 25%.  Perhaps not so coincidently,  25% is also the national average for tree canopy coverage for cities across the United States.  Yet, Salinas' tree canopy coverage has been calculated to be less than 1/3 of that standard, less than 8%.   Therefore, the city is working on expanding its tree coverage by planting more trees.  You can help.  If you are a Salinas resident you can apply to "Adopt-A-Tree".  "Adoption" is easy: the City of Salinas will purchase and plant in the parkway in front of your house (the area between the sidewalk and street), if you agree to weekly water the tree until it is established.  For information about tree watering, take a look at the short video linked on the right of this page. Normally, this is three years.  Interested?  To apply, see the "Free Tree--Adopt A Tree Program form below on this page.  To grow its urban tree canopy from 8% to 25%, Salinas will need to plant a whole lot of trees.  Many cities are already doing this. For example, the City of San Jose has a goal to plant 100,000 trees to cool and green their community.  You can increase your property value and make Salinas a better place to live by adopting a tree.