Residents of the Second District will soon be seeing green.
Nearly 3,500 trees will be planted in neighborhoods throughout the Second District as part of a $750,000-grant program sponsored by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Culver City, Mar Vista, Inglewood, Hawthorne, South Los Angeles, Lennox and Koreatown soon will have new plantations in their local parks. Residents at housing projects such as Mar Vista Gardens, Imperial Courts, Gonzaque Village, Pueblo del Rio, Avalon and Nickerson Gardens will all enjoy newly planted fruit trees as part of the program.
The grant is part of a continuing, multi-year effort by the Supervisor to substantially increase green space in the Second District as a way to spruce up communities and in general, to improve the quality of life.
The type of trees will vary but will likely be drought resistant or drought tolerant. In 2007, urban-forest researchers at the U. S. Forest Service estimated that planting one million trees would reduce storm-water runoff, decrease the city’s carbon footprint and through shading, cut the use of air conditioning (and thus of electricity). The aesthetic benefits of trees are obvious, making any community more beautiful and welcoming.
“I think this is fantastic,” said Bruce Saito, executive director of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. “We need trees to sequester carbon and to provide beauty and shade. We don’t have enough trees in Los Angeles County and a project like this will go a long way toward getting the tree number and count up to speed.”