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Shading Tucson: Trees to the Rescue at Sustainable Tucson meeting

February 13 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm MST

by Carolyn Classen, blogger

Tuesday, February 13, 6:00-7:30 pm

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Meeting ID: 860 4678 5373 Passcode: 117996

The weather keeps getting hotter and drier in southern Arizona.  In 2021, the EPA reported that Pima is the third fastest warming county in the US.

What can trees do for a desert city?  A report in the journal Science (Bastin et al, 2019) found that “Photosynthetic carbon capture by trees is likely to be among our most effective strategies to limit the rise of CO2 concentrations.”  Other benefits of city trees include:

  • Cooling the urban heat island
  • Cleaning the air
  • Beautifying neighborhoods, business districts, parks
  • Calming traffic
  • Reducing risk of violence
  • Providing habitat for birds

Join us for a panel conversation on why trees matter, especially to Tucson, and what we can do to expand the urban forest.  Panelists include Adam Farrell-Wortman, director of horticulture at Tucson Botanical Gardens, and Ann Audrey, lead consultant on Tucson’s Urban Forest Master Plan and author of the guidebook, Native Trees for Tucson:  Ten Best Practices for Using Native Trees to Improve Urban Climate Change Resilience.”

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