SOUL is excited to be launching several “opt-out” large plantings this season.

SOUL will first partner with neighborhood associations to identify areas in need of trees. We will then work with Parks and Parkways to locate all potential planting sites in the public right-of-way (space between sidewalk and street), mark them with a spray painted X, and alert every homeowner and renter receiving an X about the project, offering the option to “opt out”.

This method of planting will allow us cluster trees and make a much bigger impact on stormwater runoff, subsidence, pollution, air temperatures and energy bills, and the beauty and livability of communities. We will be able to plant a minimum of 100 trees in a small area, creating an overnight change in the landscape.