Mahoning Valley TreeCorps is an initiative led by YNDC, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, Youngstown CityScape, the Healthy Community Partnership, along with many community partners. TreeCorps will restore and sustain the urban tree canopy in the cities of Youngstown, Ohio, and Warren, Ohio, in order to improve health, and make the urban forest accessible to all.
The program will: 1) develop a basic tree inventory and management plan for both cities; 2) provide forestry training to 75 local professionals and 75 young adults, create at least 5 living wage jobs, and fully involve neighborhood residents; and 3) plant and sustain 5,500 two-inch caliper trees in parks and greenspaces, and help municipal crews clear a backlog of urgent canopy maintenance issues necessary to sustain the urban forest. The program will help rebuild the canopy in areas of both cities where shade has been lost through vacant property demolition and dead tree removal efforts. Additionally, it will help alleviate the buildup of urgent tree maintenance needed in both cities, strengthen local capacity to manage and maintain the urban tree canopy, and create economic opportunities through urban forestry.
Additional community partners involved in this effort include the Cities of Youngstown and Warren, the Trumbull and Mahoning County Land Banks, Plant Ahead Ohio, Community Corrections Association, Choffin Career and Technical Center, Treez Please, Mill Creek MetroParks, Trumbull County MetroParks, Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District, along with many neighborhood groups and community organizations.
While planting shade trees helps to reduce the effects of climate change, trees also offer many documented benefits to people and neighborhoods. Well maintained shade trees provide needed shade that encourages both adults and children to engage in outdoor physical activity. Shade trees also help to reduce the urban heat island effect and buffer houses from summer heat, which improves health and reduces cooling costs and energy bills. Trees also help to clear pollution from the air, buffer traffic noise, and tree-lined streets slow down traffic, making streets safer for pedestrians. Tree lined streets have also been shown to improve mental health and reduce violent crime in neighborhoods, as well as improve property values for the surrounding neighbors.
More information about the program and how to get involved will be posted in the coming months. Questions about the program can be directed via email to Jack Daugherty, Neighborhood Stabilization Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is was made possible through a grant from the USDA Forest Service.
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