ReLEAF Reno is a new City-sponsored program designed to preserve and expand Reno’s urban forest. Today, Reno’s tree canopy is 5.2 percent. That’s not enough. With your help we can achieve our goal to preserve the health of existing trees and expand our urban tree canopy.
Why are trees important to our quality of life?
- Remove carbon dioxide
- Filter air pollutants
- Reduce stormwater run-off
- Recharge groundwater
- Provide shading
- Cut costs for heating and cooling
- Increase property values
- Boost business and tourism
- Contribute to physical, mental and social well-being
What is a tree worth?
Reno’s urban forest provides $21 million in environmental and economic benefits each year by reducing stormwater run-off and removing air pollution. The City invests more than $2 per capita on planting and caring for trees in parks and along streets every year, yielding 2 – 5 times that investment in benefits to our community.
Trees increase property values and generate more sales for local businesses. In cities across the U.S., trees increase the value of homes by 10 –20 percent. Trees increase retail sales by 12 percent by providing shade and more attractive commercial areas.
Trees provide shade, cool the air and create rain and windbreaks, reducing energy use for heating and cooling up to 25 percent. Trees improve quality of life by adding beauty to our neighborhoods, creating habitat for wildlife, strengthening social ties, and creating more peaceful communities. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, and release oxygen into the air. Planting a tree is an effective way to reduce your carbon footprint.
3 Ways You Can Help Expand our Urban Forest
- Donate to the City’s ReLEAF program and we will plant and maintain trees with your investment
- Pledge to maintain the health of street trees and trees on your property through proper watering and care
- Pledge to plant a new tree on your property and provide watering and care to keep trees healthy and flourishing
- Reno Urban Forestry Commission Approved Street Tree Species List
- Truckee Meadows Community Forestry Coalition's Recommended Tree List (5 MB)
- You may also donate to the ReLEAF program by check, cash or over the phone with a credit card (visa, M/C, amex, or discover).
Mailing Address: City of Reno Attn: PRCS P.O. Box 1900 Reno, NV 89505
City of Reno City Hall (PRCS-11th floor) 1 East 1st street - Reno 775-334-2260 (M-F 8a-5p)
Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center - 1301 Valley Road - Reno - 775-334-2262 (M-F 7a-8p and Sat/Sun 9a-3p)
State that gifts of $250 or more, for which the donor wishes to receive a letter for tax purposes, may be made to the City of Reno Charitable Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, nevadafund.org/city-of-reno-foundation/.
The City of Reno Charitable Foundation fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. The Community Foundation, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit EIN# 88-0370179, was established to strengthen communities in our region through leadership and philanthropy. Your donation may be tax deductible under federal law.