My next door neighbors just had a tree planted in the sidewalk in front of their house by the Friends of the Urban Forest. It was exciting to see the little project evolve over the last few weeks.
FUF is just one more bright spot in the ever increasing movement to take a collective ownership of our public right-of-ways through individual action.
According to their website FUF's mission is "To promote a larger, healthier urban forest as part of the urban ecosystem, through community planting, maintenance, education and advocacy. Friends of the Urban Forest is a non-profit committed to the belief that trees are a critical element of a livable urban environment."
The process to plant a tree on your own is pretty simple, and the one permit required from the city seems to be a relatively small obstacle to allowing individuals the opportunity to redefine the boundary between their home and the community around it.