How Croudsourcing is Helping Water 10,000 Trees in Chicago
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.
The president of Friends of the Parks has sent out a plea 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 diseases when they are stressed.