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The City of Reno established a Foundation with the Community Foundation of Western Nevada so citizens can support special projects that benefit everybody in Reno.

Did you know that Reno’s urban canopy is only at 5.2 percent? That’s not enough.

The City of Reno is launching #ReLeaf Reno. The new initiative will help set aside and raise funds to preserve and expand Reno’s urban forest.

“We’re losing trees at an alarming rate,” said Reno City Councilmember Naomi Duerr. “We’ve


Imagine Virginia Street lined with trees from the University to South McCarran.

got to do something to turn this around.”

Duerr has set aside $10,000 from her discretionary City Council fund to contribute to #ReLeafReno. She’s also asking for members of the public to come forward to help grow the fund.

Trees provide many benefits, including the removal of carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the air, reducing stormwater run-off, recharging groundwater, shade, cutting heating and cooling costs by as much as 25%, increasing property values, boosting business and tourism and contributing to people’s physical, mental and social well-being. Ways you can help ReLeaf Reno:

  1. Donate to the City’s program and we’ll do the work for you!
  2. Pledge to maintain the health of street trees and trees on your property.
  3. Plant a new tree on your property, watch it grow and reap the benefits. Need ideas? Visit this site with a list of ideal trees to plant in our climate.

What is a tree worth?

Reno’s urban forest provides $21 million in environmental and economic benefits each year by reducing stormwater run-off and removing air pollution. The City invests more than $2 per capita on planting and caring for trees in parks and along streets every year, yielding 2 – 5 times that investment in benefits to our community.

Trees increase property values and generate more sales for local businesses. In cities across the U.S., trees increase the value of homes by 10 –20 percent. Trees increase retail sales by 12 percent by providing shade and more attractive commercial areas.

Trees provide shade, cool the air and create rain and windbreaks, reducing energy use for heating and cooling up to 25 percent. Trees improve the quality of your life by adding beauty to our neighborhoods, creating habitat for wildlife, strengthening social ties, and creating more peaceful communities. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, and release oxygen into the air. Planting a tree is an effective way to reduce your carbon footprint.