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!
Send Inquiries to: Bvejar@Caltech.edu
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.