New Urban Reforestation Program Launched to Address Shade Equity Disparities

Los Angeles County partners with The Tree Pledge and the Radical Resilience Lab to strategically plant trees where they are most needed.

1 minute read

January 19, 2021, 9:00 AM PST

By clementkhlau

Los Angeles sprawl

Melpomene / Shutterstock

Trees and urban forests offer a variety of environmental, social, and health benefits which are well-documented in numerous studies. Unfortunately, many underserved communities in Los Angeles County are tree-poor and park-poor, and therefore not able to enjoy such benefits. To address this issue, The Tree Pledge and the Radical Resilience Lab have just launched Good Shade, an urban reforestation tree-planting program developed in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), with funding from California ReLeaf and CALFIRE.

Good Shade was designed to address shade equity disparities in underserved areas of Los Angeles County and to generate multiple co-benefits through tree planting and education. Good Shade will improve the physical, emotional, social, and economic health and well-being of local residents, reduce heat islands, reduce stormwater runoff and increase connection with nature. Through Good Shade, the partners seek to plant hundreds of trees throughout the region in tree-poor communities, offer a multidisciplinary range of educational opportunities, and engage residents in supporting the new trees.

Good Shade's first project is the planting of 50 new trees by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps at Alondra Community Regional Park which is located in an area of high park need per the Los Angeles Countywide Parks Needs Assessment. The program is also starting an education campaign to raise awareness of the mental and physical health benefits associated with human connection with trees and nature.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 in PRNewswire

Red on white 'Room for Rent, Inquire Inside' sign

In Most U.S. Cities, Archaic Laws Limit Roommate Living

Critics argue laws preventing unrelated adults from living in the same home fail to understand the modern American household.

May 24, 2023 - The Atlantic

Vancouver Chuck Wolfe

Ten Signs of a Resurgent Downtown

In GeekWire, Chuck Wolfe continues his exploration of a holistic and practical approach to post-pandemic urban center recovery, anchored in local context and community-driven initiatives that promote livability, safety, and sustainability.

May 24, 2023 - GeekWire

Colorful high-saturation view of downtown Houston, Texas with pink and blue dusk sky

Transforming Downtowns Into Functional Neighborhoods

Rather than ‘monofunctional’ business districts or urban playgrounds, American downtown districts could become multipurpose neighborhoods.

May 25, 2023 - Wired

Blue and white Interstate 15 North sign against backdrop of blue sky and snow-capped mountains in Utah

Utah DOT Plans to Expand Interstate Despite Local Concerns

With more evidence pointing to the futility of expanding freeways, the state could take a creative approach to improving travel times and providing additional transportation options.

22 minutes ago - The Salt Lake Tribune

Close-up of lead water pipe with mineral crusts

An Equity Approach to Lead Pipe Replacement

A former Chicago health commissioner calls on governments to prioritize the most marginalized and historically disinvested communities when distributing funding to replace lead pipes, which have taken the highest toll on the health of disadvantaged c

2 hours ago - Governing

View of wetlands in South Carolina at sunrise or sunset

Supreme Court Limits Clean Water Act’s Power

A recent ruling ‘dramatically’ restricts the law’s reach when it comes to protecting wetlands.

3 hours ago - Politico

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.