Recently, as part of Miami Tree Week, American Forests partnered with Million Trees Miami and Bank of America to host a planting at Arcola Lakes Park, planting 75 gumbo limbo and verawood trees. Before the planting, we worked with Million Trees Miami to identify native species that would perform well in the area. We typically do this for all plantings, but it’s especially important as Miami recovers from Hurricane Irma and prepares for the continued effects of climate change.
Arcola Lakes Park is a busy spot, often filled with nearby residents and community members taking advantage of the trail that weaves through the park. In addition to health benefits, providing a wind barrier and absorbing stormwater runoff, the trees planted will provide shade and reduce temperatures so parkgoers can comfortably enjoy the space.