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Welcome to The Caltech Tree Corps, a service project of the Caltech Community. We are Staff, Faculty, Students and Community advocates promoting Urban Forest Equity, Native Landscaping and Science-based Tree Health Care.

The Caltech Tree Corps has been awarded "2022 Best Urban Forestry Project" by the California Urban Forest Council!

What is Urban Forest Equity?

In many cities, a map of the urban tree canopy can also function as a map of race and wealth. Low-income neighborhoods of color have consistently less tree canopy than affluent neighborhoods. Systemic racism pervades many American institutions and the unbalanced distribution of urban forests is a visible reminder that inequities of the past and present are also ingrained in our built environment.

The benefits of a healthy urban forest should be available to all residents, but far too often the neighborhoods that could most use greenspace and urban trees have the least.

Urban Inequity
The structure, composition, and maintenance of the urban forest is influenced far more by individuals than Public Agencies.
Los Angeles: Plant a tree, Grow a community.