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City of Detroit

Mayor Duggan and the City’s leadership prioritize investing in the overall well-being of Detroit’s most vulnerable residents. The Detroit Tree Equity Partnership will deliver significant health, economic and environmental benefits of a robust tree canopy across Detroit and will make the city’s neighborhoods more beautiful places to call home. This partnership accelerates previous tree planting efforts in Detroit focused on neighborhoods with the most need for improved tree canopies, while training and employing local residents in the planting and maintenance of these trees.

“Inequity has existed in communities of color in a lot of different ways for a long time, and one of them has been something as basic as the number of trees in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Duggan. “It may seem like a small thing, but having a tree canopy can affect air quality and asthma rates, air-conditioning costs, flood resilience and more. Detroit, at one point, was a city of trees, but lost too many of them to disease, insects and age. Thanks to this tremendous partnership with DTE and American Forests, we are going to take a big step toward restoring our tree canopy while creating employment opportunity for Detroiters in the process.”