Jul 10, 2015

Richmond has been awarded a nearly $500,000 grant to plant more than 500 trees in disadvantaged communities over the next two years, Mayor Tom Butt reported Thursday.

The city had applied for the Cal Fire urban forestry grant in April. The grant is intended to reduce greenhouse gases in California as part of AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Applicants had to prove the trees would be planted in low-income communities (grant guidelines here).

The grant application follows a city-wide inventory in 2013 identifying 25,000 potential locations for trees, according to city documents. Since then, a partnership between the city, Richmond Trees (which posted the above photo on its Facebook page) and Groundwork Richmond led to the planting more than 300 trees throughout the community.

Those groups along with Pogo Park and The Watershed Project submitted the concept proposal for the grant to fund 500 new trees. All of those groups will help plant the trees, with the project coordinated and led by Groundwork Richmond.

For more information on the effort to green Richmond, read this article by the Contra Costa Times. Also, to learn how local groups care for trees after they’ve been planted, visit this Radio Free Richmond article.


  1. Any free money is good and more trees in Richmond is also good. But $1,000 per tree? We know the trees aren;t going to cost that much and even the labor to dig the holes and plant them won’t be that much. Will there be any outrageous administrative and processing fees? I don’t know–it just seems like that much money could buy a lot more trees than just 500.

    Don Gosney | Jul 10th, 2015
  2. My only comment, and I live in Richmond, is that the City is often times not watering the existing trees because of the drought, so while it’s nice that we’ve been given a grant to plant all these trees, what’s the use if we won’t be able to water them?

    PHYLLIS MANDEL | Jul 10th, 2015

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.