Project Name: Fall Creek Watershed Tree Planting
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Number of Trees: 500
As one can imagine, our larger cities suffer from poor air quality due to emissions from cars, power plants and other sources. Indianapolis, Indiana, is the 13th largest city in the country and one of the 10 worst cities in the country in regards to air quality.
The city has lost 25 percent of its trees in the last few decades, which has aggravated the problem. Just 100 trees can remove two tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year. The more trees a city has, the cleaner its air will be. Beyond their benefit to the city’s air quality, trees also perform a myriad of other functions:
Because of these benefits and many others, Indianapolis is looking to expand its tree canopy in the coming years. American Forests is partnering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. to help with this goal. In 2012, areas of Indianapolis’ Fall Creek Watershed will receive dozens of new trees and other restoration activities, enhancing the nearby Fall Creek Greenway Trail for recreational and environmental benefits.
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