ECHO PARK — Volunteers and city officials gathered in Elysian Park on Saturday morning to plant about 100 trees. It’s part of an effort to reforest the park, where hundreds of trees are dead and dying from drought and disease. However, it will be quite a while before the tiny trees – some only inches tall – will be big enough to cast some meaningful shade or even look like trees. But even big trees start out small.
Saturday’s planting near Scott Avenue and Elysian Park Road is the first of three that will take place across the park. The saplings were planted in what are called Land Life Cocoons, which help support the tree and force the roots deeper into the ground to tap into ground water. The cocoon also includes a circular basin, covered by mulch, that stores and supplies water to the young trees. According to the manufacturer, the saplings won’t have to be irrigated during the first year after they have been planted.
“This major reforest project is a significant step toward strengthening the park’s biodiversity with the latest drought-resilient technology,” said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell in a statement.
The plantings, which are funded with grants from the National Arbor Foundation and Boise Paper, also involve several city agencies, including the Recreation and Parks Department and the L.A. Department of Water and Power.
In addition to the new trees, the city is installing new pipes in preparation to irrigate Elysian Park with reclaimed water. About $12.5 million has also been allocated for additional park improvements.
- How L.A. is replenishing Elysian Park’s tree canopy. KPCC
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