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Urban Forest Planting Campaign

BEC Protects our Urban Forest Health

Butte Environmental Council is partnering with the City of Chico's Urban Forest Manager in a three year urban forest planting campaign! This Cal-Fire grant funded project aims to increase the number of Chico street trees by 700 in the next three years and will likely reach higher numbers of trees planted than required. 

The importance of our urban forest us great. Chico's urban forest is one of the most unique and precious features we get to enjoy, benefit from and care-take. There are over 35,000 trees in neighborhoods and municipal areas of the city. The benefits they provide include: reduction of overall C02 emissions, conservation of water and soil erosion, shade and mitigation of energy costs, and increase in wildlife and plant diversity. 

Volunteer and help us increase these benefits for everyone!

Tree Delivery Weekend

On May 2nd and 3rd, BEC will host a weekend full of urban forest support. Saturday and Sunday, from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Public Works Office, volunteers will deliver trees to residents who previously signed up for one online. This weekend will ensure the folks who want a tree will get one even though we are facing challenges due to COVID-19.

Delivering tree saplings to individual residents with your vehicle means we can still make the impact we planned for this weekend SAFELY, without having hundreds gather to pick up their trees.

Fill Out This Form to Volunteer!

The Importance of a Healthy Urban Forest

“Chico’s Urban Forest is made up of trees, landscapes and other vegetation within the City’s parks, along the streets and creeks, and within private property. The urban forest provides an essential character to the City that includes aesthetic values, functional benefits and ecosystem services to its citizens both individually and as a whole. The elements of the urban forest exist throughout the community, although their care is under several jurisdictions, including both private and governmental entities.”
The burning of fossil fuels for energy and large scale forest fires such as in the tropics are major contributors o the buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Managing and protecting forests and planting new trees reduces CO2 levels by storing carbon in their roots and trunk and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.The loss of trees in our urban areas not only intensifies the urban "heat-island" effect from loss of shade and evaporation, but we lose a principal absorber of carbon dioxide and trapper of other air pollutants as well.
"The City of Chico is renowned for its trees. They create a sense of place and character for Chico’s residents and visitors. The Avenues Neighborhood is home to a great diversity of prominent and historic trees, including one of the greatest tree promenades in the world – The Esplanade. Rich, deep soils and resident’s pride in their neighborhood landscape have led to a large population of healthy, vigorous trees, many of which are City ‘street’ trees. Many of the trees selected for this tour represent common tree species in Chico. Some species on this tour are no longer approved for planting as street trees, though their presence holds historic value."