Trees provide so many benefits for the Watsonville community! They clean our air, provide shade and cooling, improve stormwater and water quality in our wetlands, make our streets and trails more enjoyable to walk and ride bicycles, increase property values, and capture atmospheric carbon which helps address global climate change.
Unfortunately there are many streets, sidewalks, parks, and neighborhoods that lack trees. Watsonville’s Urban Greening Plan, adopted by the City of Watsonville in 2012, called for an additional 40,000 trees to increase City’s currently very low tree canopy cover of 7.8%. For the first phase of the Urban Greening Plan we set a goal to plant 8,000 trees.
In order to rise to this challenge, Watsonville Wetlands Watch and the City of Watsonville, with the help of many local partners and community volunteers have begun to plant trees throughout the City.
In 2017 the City and Watsonville Wetlands Watch partnered together to receive a grant from the California Department of Fire and Forestry and the California Climate Investment Program to expand the tree planting effort. This project plant an additional 300 trees on streets and parks. In 2019 PVUSD partnered with Watsonville Wetlands Watch and received a grant from Releaf for 116 more trees to put in city parks and on the PV High campus.