Environmental Justice: Tree Planting and Law Enforcement/Community Relations Project
ImpactNV will lead the first ever statewide event that brings law enforcement, the business community, public sector, and community partners together to address critical urban heat island, environmental justice, and equity needs through a tree planting and community education event launching in 2022 during the week between Earth Day and Arbor Day. Nevada communities that have the worst environmental justice indicators (pollution, access to green spaces, extreme heat, etc.) are also our communities with some of the worst crime rates. A collaborative tree planting project is a visible example of our investment in the development of our communities that will improve urban heat island and create a new way for law enforcement to get out of their patrol cars and engage in the communities in a positive way to create new pathways of positive community relations.
Community partners will plant 100,000 trees over a 10-year period statewide. This ambitious project was kicked off this year with events held at the City of Reno, planting 3 trees at Liston Park on Earth Day and the City of Las Vegas, planting 125 trees at Freedom Park on Arbor Day weekend. Additionally, Clark County planted 10 trees at Desert Breeze Park and Washoe County recently planted 10 trees at North Valleys Regional Park bringing the total to 148 trees planted.
- In September, The City of Reno planted 60 Fremont cottonwood, yellow willow, pacific willow, and Deodar cedar trees.
- We planted 50 Red Push Pistache, Lacebark Elm, Texas Mountain Laurel, Mulga Acacia and European Olive trees in Ed Fountain Park with the City of Las Vegas and One Tree Planted on October 28th in honor of Nevada Day. That brings our total to 258 planted and 99, 742 to go!