21st Annual Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Rain, Tree, & Carbon Planting, October 29, 2016 — Tucson, AZ

2b-tree-planters-with-tree-just-planted-2006-we-irrigate-the-first-year-to-get-the-tree-established-before-harvested-rainwater-becomes-sole-water-source-rwmDate: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Time: Join Dunbar/Spring neighbors Brad Lancaster, Omar Ore-Giron, Ezra Roati, Rocky Yosek  and others at 7:30 am for a planting demonstration, then keep going to various parts of the neighborhood. The demonstration will show you how to plant the rain to maximize its potential, how to plant food-bearing native trees by seed and/or with nursery stock to maximize passive summer shading/cooling, and how to recycle/plant prunings and leaves as fertility-building/carbon-sequestering/pollutant-filtering/water-harvesting mulch. Check the blackboard on the porch at the meeting spot if you want to join in on the planting later in the morning—we’ll leave a note with an idea of the morning’s planting route. End time of noon is approximate.

Meeting spot:
 813 N 9th Ave, Tucson AZ 85705

Come join us in planting native shade trees within water-harvesting earthworks in the public rights-of-way. The idea is to plant native food-producing, flood-controlling, wildlife-habitat-producing, beautiful, air- and water-filtering, living air conditioners. Street trees that shade up to 75% of the street’s surface can also cool summer neighborhood temperatures by up to 20ºF. This enhances the walkability and bikeability of our neighborhoods, which improves health and drops crime. When we harvest street runoff to irrigate the street trees, we also reduce water consumption as we reduce downstream flooding. Thus far this annual event has resulted in over 1,400 trees being planted in our neighborhood—let’s keep going!

To RSVP to help plant trees at the October 29 tree planting: Send an email to admin@DesertHarvesters.org with your name, cell number, and number of people joining you.

What to bring: Work clothes, sun hat, gloves, and water as we’ll be working outdoors. A pointed shovel and/or hard rake.

For more information on tree orders: Contact Brad Lancaster at brad@harvestingrainwater.com or Rocky Yosek at rocky@treesfortucson.org or (520) 250-8220

To sign up for a water-harvesting basin service (Dunbar-Spring neighborhood only): Contact Omar Ore-Giron at (520) 425-9795 or nativeroots.az@gmail.com. Omar will use his CanDig machine to create water-harvesting tree basins deep enough to harvest street runoff. Cost is only $30 per basin. This is an amazing deal which will result in much healthier trees, faster growth rates, and huge water savings.


For Dunbar/Spring-only tree-order forms: Click here. The prices of these trees have been reduced/subsidized thanks to Trees for Tucson and Sky Jacobs.

Native Community Tree Order Form 2016 along with Community Tree Maintenance Agreement 2016 needed for trees that are to be planted in public right-of-way.

NOTE: If you would like trees for planting on private property, visit www.TucsonCleanAndBeautiful.org or call (520) 791-3109. Native and fruit trees are available (ideally you set up a greywater-harvesting system for these fruit trees first as they will require more water than native trees as well as regular watering in the hot and dry seasons).

See you there!

Download the Dunbar/Spring Tree-Planting flyer and help spread the word!