News Release – Contact: Chan Graham 505-243-43564
STREET TREES FOR THE DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOODS
In the final “Phase III” of a three-year project, forty two new street trees are being planted in Albuquerque’s Downtown Neighborhoods Association (DNA). This is the result of a $16,000 grant from a PNM Power Up Grant program with the DNA contributing an additional $4,000 for the project. The DNA contribution came from funds raised by the highly successful Mother’s Day home tour.
The DNA Street Tree Project started in two phases: Phase I was the Street Tree Survey in 2014. Several volunteers from the association visited each of the 70± blocks in the DNA and listed individual lots where street trees could be planted.
In Phase II of the Street Tree Project the Street T
ree Committee selected a block of the DNA on 14th Street and planted ten trees as a demonstration project. Phases I and II were funded by a $4,450 grant from the Bernalillo County Neighborhood Outreach Program.
Street trees are those trees located in the right-of-way between the sidewalk and the curb. When a tree is planted in this space the tree is owned by the City of Albuquerque, but the property owner is responsible for care of the tree. Each of the owners receiving a tree signed an a “Tree Easement” contract with the City detailing its care.
The Street Tree Committee consulted with City Forrester on recommended species. The landscape contractor for the Phase III planting is Lee Landscapes.
“This project will be a significant improvement in our neighborhoods” according to Richard Deichsel, Treasurer of the DNA, “street trees add beauty to a street, improve air quality and add significant monetary value to each of the homes.”