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Long Beach, CA Launches "Tree Yourself" Online Tool

Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has launched Tree Yourself, an online tool that helps residents select and plant trees in their yard or parkway. The Office of Sustainability created the new web page as a one-stop resource for all things urban forest, including step-by-step instructions for planting and caring for young trees.

“Planting trees helps build our important tree canopy in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “By making it easier for residents to find the right tree for their yard, we can improve air quality, increase home values and create more shade that keeps us cooler during our hottest days.”

Residents can enter their preferences into the tree selection quiz to receive a list of suggestions for trees that might be a good fit for their yard or parkway.

“We hope this campaign inspires residents to plant more trees,” said Sustainability Coordinator Larry Rich. “Trees provide so many benefits to our city when it comes to fighting climate change and its impacts like increased urban heat. Residents can make a huge impact if everyone who is able would plant one tree.”

The Office of Sustainability will continue the Fruit Tree and Street Tree Planting Programs to provide free trees to Long Beach residents. These programs ensure resources are available to grow the urban forest in all neighborhoods of Long Beach.

The launch of the new tool coincided with Clean Air Day, celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of October. California Clean Air Day is built on the idea that shared experiences unite people to action to improve our community health. Residents are encouraged to share photos of their newly-planted trees on social media using the #treeyourself hashtag.

For additional information:
Courtney Chatterson
Communications Specialist

For resources and tools related to sustainability, visit the Center for Sustainability (C4S) and C4S Toolkit.