Sure, this sounds like a good thing:

Current funding provides for DDOT Trees to plant 3,540 street trees across all eight wards, with installation to occur from November to May. The planting schedule for specific neighborhoods is subject to change due to equipment, weather, emergencies and other extenuating circumstances.

But when the tree-planting backlash comes, remember that I’m the one who called it. As the New York Times pointed out last month, neighbors can be wary of new trees:

Residents worry that the saplings will eventually lead to buckling sidewalks, dangling limbs, excessive shade and leaf litter, among other things. Three of the top five categories of parks-related calls to 311, the city’s help line, involved complaints about trees.

Granted, the District isn’t planting anywhere near one million trees.

Full release after the jump.

The Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) is DDOT Trees, the leader in annual tree planting throughout Washington, DC. Planting an average of nearly 4,500 trees annually, with a total of 35,875 planted on public space in all 8 wards since fiscal year 2005, UFA’s planting accounts for nearly half of all trees planted in the District each year.

In addition, UFA works to improve growing conditions by reviewing permit applications, enforcing regulations, expanding tree boxes, creating planting strips, increasing soil volume, and installing locally-grown nursery stock to provide as much opportunity as possible for trees to thrive.

Young trees are watered by contractors and staff with critical support from residents, businesses, and organizations who adopt public trees through theCanopy Keepers program. Adoptees receive a free watering tub for every tree adopted. New trees are under limited warranty and will be replaced by the planting contractor if they do not survive their first year.

Current funding provides for DDOT Trees to plant 3,540 street trees across all eight wards, with installation to occur from November to May. The planting schedule for specific neighborhoods is subject to change due to equipment, weather, emergencies and other extenuating circumstances.

The online Tree Planting Map requires no additional software but the web browser optimized for viewing is Mozilla Firefox. Mobile devices (smart phones, iPads, etc.) can access it too but requires an app. To identify the appropriate mobile app suited for your device, go to http://esri.com/software/arcgis/smartphones/app.html.

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