Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum – East Side Sassafras Grove
- Planting 200 sassafras trees
- Improving urban forest health
- Providing outdoor recreation opportunity and space
Alcoa Foundation, American Forests and Trees Atlanta are planting 200 sassafras trees along an abandoned railroad corridor to create recreational spaces as part of a multi-billion dollar redevelopment project in Atlanta.
Why This Project:
Atlanta has embarked on an ambitious 20-year project to build a 22-mile ring of parks, trails, public transportation and more along an old railroad track that circles the city. However, in order for the project to meet its desired goal of connecting communities and residents, it needs a healthy canopy cover to provide recreation space while reducing soil erosion in a heavily degraded area. To address this need, the Partnership for Trees project is helping reforest an area along the project’s Eastside Trail.
Since the 1970s, Atlanta has lost more than 60 percent of its tree canopy, and a rapid population growth and need for housing and development is threatening the urban forest further. Home to more than five million residents, a healthy urban forest is needed in Atlanta to help improve the city’s air quality, reduce the city’s temperatures and provide a safe environment for outdoor recreation.