When planted and cared for properly, healthy street trees beautify neighborhoods, support human health, increase property values, reduce stormwater runoff and provide wildlife habitat. But a healthy urban tree canopy needs maintenance. The Right Tree, Right Place (RTRP) program works with community leaders, civic groups, and homeowner associations to improve local street tree populations by providing designs, plant material, and planting services that are unique to each neighborhood.
Over the past eight years, RTRP has planted over 29,000 trees and removed 11,000 dead or hazardous trees. Over 150 communities have benefitted from the county-wide program.
RTTP is a program of the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation. The Neighborhood Design Center has served as design and outreach consultant for this program since 2011.
Originally started as a risk management program to replace dangerous Bradford Pear trees, the RTRP program has evolved to include replacement of large numbers of dying ash trees and placing street trees in neighborhoods that don’t have any. Right Tree, Right Place focuses specifically on planting shade trees and removing diseased and dead trees in the public right-of-way. Since the program began in July of 2011, 21,000 street trees have been planted across the county!
For more on the perils of Bradford Pear tree, click here for an article on USA Today.