24 Jul '12, 9am

Chicago is Crowdsourcing Watering 10,000 Trees During Drought

Chicago is Crowdsourcing Watering 10,000 Trees During Drought

Ramon Gonzalez /CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Chicago, like the rest of the country, is in the grips of record heat and drought. The mild winter that resulted in little snow coupled with the heat is creating a dangerous situation for the trees in public parks. The situation is so bad that the Chicago Park District and Friends of the Parks is crowdsourcing watering 10,000 young trees in the park system. I spoke with Erma Tranter, president of Friends of the Parks, about the recent plea sent out to residents of Chicago imploring them to pitch in and water trees in their local parks. She told me that of the 250,000 trees under the park district’s care, 10,000 of them are young trees planted within the past three years. That’s a lot of trees that the park district doesn’t have the man power or equipment to keep watered. These young trees are the most susceptible to drought and succumbing to...

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