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In 2022, American Forests, the City of Detroit, DTE Energy, Detroit Future City, The Greening of Detroit, and others launched the Detroit Tree Equity Partnership (DTEP) to deliver the health, economic, and environmental benefits of trees to Detroit. We prioritize bringing trees to areas that have been historically disinvested, so that all benefits of trees are accessible and realized for residents who most need them.
Through DTEP, we are planting 75,000 trees, training and placing 300 Detroiters in the tree care and urban forestry industries, and investing $30 million in the neighborhoods of Detroit.

Beyond the physical transformation of our city, DTEP seeks active engagement with Detroit residents, block clubs, and community leaders, encouraging them to identify and actively participate in the implementation of Tree Equity in their neighborhoods. 

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Our program aims to address employment barriers by providing training opportunities for Detroit residents, especially those with barriers to employment, paving the way for full-time, year-round employment in the tree care industry.

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DTEP is not a standalone project; we are a forward-thinking partnership actively seeking additional collaborations to stimulate the local economy, including through the development of local nurseries, the reuse of local urban wood, and the development of neighborhood projects throughout the city.

The Detroit Tree Equity Partnership hopes to grow a holistic collaborative across Detroit (and beyond), we invite anyone who loves trees or wants to learn to love them to join us and grow a healthier, more sustainable city.